AURORA CASKET COMPANY, LLC v. CARIBBEAN FUNERAL SUPPLY CORP.
ENTRY ON JURISDICTION - 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 sole member of Plaintiff Aurora Casket Com pany, LLC and that member's citizenship. This jurisdictional statement is due fourteen (14) days from the date of this Entry. See Entry for details. Copies sent to Tatiana M. Alejandro-Souffront, Lady E. Cumpiano, Lee Sepulvado-Ramos, Luz C. Molinelli-Gonzalez, and Pedro Rafael Vazquez-Pesquera via US Mail. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 12/4/2017. (MAT)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
NEW ALBANY DIVISION
AURORA CASKET COMPANY, LLC,
CARIBBEAN FUNERAL SUPPLY CORP.,
ENTRY ON JURISDICTION
The Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint fails to allege all of the facts necessary for this Court
to determine whether it has subject matter jurisdiction over this case. The Amended Complaint
alleges federal jurisdiction based upon diversity of citizenship. However, the Amended Complaint
fails to sufficiently allege the citizenship of Plaintiff Aurora Casket Company, LLC. 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”).
“For 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 well.” Id.
The Amended Complaint alleges that “Aurora is a limited liability company organized
pursuant to the laws of the State of Indiana with its principal manufacturing facility at 10944 Marsh
Road, Aurora, Indiana 47001. . . . By virtue of citizenship of its sole member, Aurora is not a
citizen of Puerto Rico.” (Filing No. 20 at 2.) This jurisdictional allegation does not establish the
citizenship of Plaintiff Aurora Casket Company, LLC. Alleging the identity and citizenship of the
sole member of the Plaintiff limited liability company is necessary for this Court to determine
whether it has jurisdiction.
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
sole member of Plaintiff Aurora Casket Company, LLC and that member’s citizenship. This
jurisdictional statement is due fourteen (14) days from the date of this Entry.
Tatiana M. Alejandro-Souffront
Sepulveda & Maldonado, PSC
252 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Citibank Tower 19th Floor
San Juan, PR 00918
Luz C. Molinelli-Gonzalez
Caribbean Legal Advisors
112 Uruguay St.
San Juan, PR 00917
Lady E. Cumpiano
Sepulvado & Maldonado, PSC
Citibank Towers, 19th Floor
252 Ponce de Leon Avenue
Hato Rey, PR 00918
Pedro Rafael Vazquez-Pesquera
Hato Rey, PR 00917
Sepulvado & Maldonado PAC
304 Ponce de Leon Ave.
San Juan, PR 00918
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