GORDON v. TUNIS et al
ORDER ON JURISDICTION - The Court ORDERS Ms. Gordon to file a jurisdictional statement by October 16, 2020, addressing the issues identified in this order (SEE ORDER). Signed by Judge James Patrick Hanlon on 9/14/2020.(DWH)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
E & M GLOBAL INSURANCE,
ETS INSURANCE SOLUTIONS, INC.,
ORDER ON JURISDICTION
Plaintiff Colleen Gordon has filed a complaint alleging diversity
jurisdiction over this matter. Dkt. 1. For the Court to have diversity
jurisdiction, the amount in controversy must exceed $75,000, exclusive of
interest and costs, and the litigation must be between citizens of different
states. 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a). The citizenship of an individual is not based on
where the individual resides, but on where the individual is a citizen. Hunter v.
Amin, 583 F.3d 486, 491 (7th Cir. 2009). And a corporation is a citizen of any
state in which it is incorporated and of the state in which it has its principal
place of business. 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c)(1); see Smoot v. Mazda Motors of Am.,
Inc., 469 F.3d 675, 676 (7th Cir. 2006).
Here, Ms. Gordon's complaint does not identify the citizenship of
Defendant Evan Tunis. See dkt. 1 at 2. And while it states that Defendants E
& M Global Insurance and ETS Insurance Company are corporations, it does
not identify either company's principal place of business. Id. at 1–2. A federal
court always has the responsibility to ensure it has jurisdiction. Hukic v.
Aurora Loan Servs., 588 F.3d 420, 427 (7th Cir. 2009). The Court's obligation
includes knowing the details of the underlying jurisdictional allegations. See
Evergreen Square of Cudahy v. Wis. Hous. and Econ. Dev. Auth., 776 F.3d 463,
465 (7th Cir. 2015).
Therefore, the Court ORDERS Ms. Gordon to file a jurisdictional
statement by October 16, 2020, addressing the issues identified in this order.
Denise M. Clark
CLARK LAW GROUP, PLLC
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