ANDERS v. JUUL LABS, INC. et al
ENTRY ON JURISDICTION - As the party asking this Court to invoke its jurisdiction, Plaintiff must properly allege the citizenship of each of the parties to establish subject matter jurisdiction. Therefore, the Plaintiff is ORDERED to file a Supple mental Jurisdictional Statement that establishes the Court's jurisdiction over this case. This statement should specifically identify the citizenship of the parties. This jurisdictional statement is due fourteen (14) days from the date of this Entry. (See Entry.) Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 9/14/2020.(NAD)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
JUUL LABS, INC.
d/b/a PAX LABS, INC.
d/b/a PLOOM INC.,
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.,
ALTRIA GROUP DISTRIBUTION COMPANY, )
MOTHER MURPHY'S LABS, INC.,
ALTERNATIVE INGREDIENTS, INC.,
TOBACCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.,
MCLANE COMPANY, INC.,
EBY-BROWN COMPANY, LLC,
CORE-MARK HOLDING COMPANY, INC.,
PHILIP MORRIS USA, INC.,
ALTRIA ENTERPRISES LLC, and
ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC,
ENTRY ON JURISDICTION
It has come to the Court's attention that Plaintiff's Complaint fails to allege all of the facts
necessary to determine whether this Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this case. The
Complaint alleges that this Court has jurisdiction based upon diversity of citizenship. However,
the Complaint fails to sufficiently allege the citizenship of many of the parties. Citizenship is the
operative consideration for jurisdictional purposes. See Meyerson v. Harrah's East Chicago
Casino, 299 F.3d 616, 617 (7th Cir. 2002) ("residence and citizenship are not synonyms and it is
the latter that matters for purposes of the diversity jurisdiction").
The citizenship of a corporation is "both the state of incorporation and the state in which
the corporation has its principal place of business." Westfield Ins. Co. v. Kuhns, 2011 U.S. Dist.
LEXIS 138262, at *3 (S.D. Ind. Nov. 30, 2011). Thus, the complaint must allege both the state of
incorporation and the state of the party's principal place of business. Illinois v. Kerr-McGee
Chemical Corp., 677 F.2d 571, 578 n.13 (7th Cir. 1982). Furthermore, "[f]or diversity jurisdiction
purposes, the citizenship of an LLC is the citizenship of each of its members." Thomas v.
Guardsmark, LLC, 487 F.3d 531, 534 (7th Cir. 2007). "Consequently, an LLC's jurisdictional
statement must identify the citizenship of each of its members as of the date the complaint or notice
of removal was filed, and, if those members have members, the citizenship of those members as
The Complaint alleges, "Plaintiff, Thomas Anders, is 22 years old and a resident of
Indiana." (Filing No. 1 at 9.) The Complaint further alleges, "JAMES MONSEES is a resident of
the San Francisco Bay Area," "ADAM BOWEN is a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area,"
"NICHOLAS PRITZKER is a resident of San Francisco, California," "HOYOUNG HUH [is] a
Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and investor," and "RIAZ VALANI is based out of Silicon
Valley." Id. at 13–14. These allegations of residency are insufficient to allege the parties'
citizenship to allow the Court to determine whether diversity jurisdiction exists.
The Complaint additionally alleges, "Defendant ALTRIA ENTERPRISES LLC ('AE') is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of AGI. AE is a Virginia limited liability company with its principal
place of business in Richmond, Virginia," and "Defendant EBY-BROWN COMPANY, LLC
('EBY-BROWN') is a Delaware limited liability company with a principal place of business in
Naperville, Illinois." Id. at 12, 15. These allegations are insufficient to allege the defendants'
citizenship to allow the Court to determine whether diversity jurisdiction exists because the
allegations fail to state the defendants' members and their citizenship.
Furthermore, the Complaint fails to assert any jurisdictional allegations concerning the
citizenship of Defendants Altria Group Distribution Company and Altria Client Services LLC.
As the party asking this Court to invoke its jurisdiction, Plaintiff must properly allege the
citizenship of each of the parties to establish subject matter jurisdiction. See Schur v. L.A. Weight
Loss Ctrs., Inc., 577 F.3d 752, 758 (7th Cir. 2009); Doe v. Allied-Signal, Inc., 985 F.2d 908, 911
(7th Cir. 1993). Therefore, the Plaintiff is ORDERED to file a Supplemental Jurisdictional
Statement that establishes the Court's jurisdiction over this case. This statement should specifically
identify the citizenship of the parties. This jurisdictional statement is due fourteen (14) days from
the date of this Entry.
Jeff S. Gibson
WAGNER REESE, LLP
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