Kansas St Gregorys LLC v. Otis Elevator Company
ORDER re 17 supplemental status report. Second supplemental status report due by December 21, 2020. See order for details. Signed by Magistrate Judge James P. O'Hara on 11/20/20. (jc)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF KANSAS
KANSAS ST. GREGORYS LLC,
Case No. 20-4054-DDC
OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY,
Defendant, Otis Elevator Company, removed this case from the District Court of
Shawnee County, Kansas, on September 18, 2020, alleging this federal court has subject
matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)(1), the diversity statute.1 The notice of
removal did not identify the individual members of plaintiff, Kansas St. Gregorys LLC.
On October 28, 2020, the court entered an order to show cause, directing defendant to file
a status report demonstrating the citizenship of the parties.2
On November 4, 2020, defendant filed a status report stating that plaintiff’s counsel
represented plaintiff has one member, an Oklahoma LLC.3 But the status report failed to
provide the citizenship of that LLC, noting that plaintiff’s counsel was attempting to
At the parties’ November 9, 2020 scheduling conference, and as
memorialized in the scheduling order,4 the court noted the insufficiency of the response.
ECF No. 1.
ECF No. 11.
ECF No. 12.
ECF No. 14.
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The court stayed discovery until subject matter jurisdiction had been confirmed, but
allowed limited discovery as to the jurisdictional issue. The court instructed the parties to
file a supplemental status report in response to the show-cause order, which the parties did
on November 19, 2020.5
The supplemental status report still fails to establish jurisdiction. Plaintiff has
provided, through interrogatory answers, more ownership information about the Oklahoma
LLC, namely its 90% ownership by a living trust, which is a Texas entity, and 10%
ownership by Lieberman, LLC, a Michigan limited liability company.6 But the status
report doesn’t include the ownership of Lieberman, LLC, which plaintiff is “trying to
determine,” although the parties give no date by which they will do so. 7 The parties
represent Lieberman, LLC, has entered into an agreement to sell its interest to Consolidated
Capital Investments, LLC; the purchase price has been paid, but the actual transfer hasn’t
The parties assert that this transfer will establish full diversity of
Accordingly, subject matter jurisdiction is still an unanswered question, and the
parties’ representation of this forthcoming transfer creates more of a question. Courts in
this district have established that diversity jurisdiction is ordinarily determined at the time
ECF No. 17.
ECF No. 11 at 1.
Id. at 2.
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of filing, not afterward.10 The time-of-filing rule “measures all challenges to subjectmatter jurisdiction premised upon diversity of citizenship against the state of facts that
existed at the time of filing.”11 A post-removal change in citizenship and residency “does
not cure [the parties’] removal.”12 Similar circumstances here would mandate the court
remand the case to state court.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that by December 21, 2020, the parties file a
final supplemental order to demonstrate the citizenship of each of the individual members
of the parties and to show cause why this case should not be dismissed or remanded for
lack of jurisdiction.
Dated November 20, 2020, at Kansas City, Kansas.
s/ James P. O’Hara
James P. O’Hara
U.S. Magistrate Judge
Carrington Square, LLC v. Steeley, No. 19-02386-CM-JPO, 2019 WL 5726897, at *2
(D. Kan. Nov. 5, 2019); Grupo Dataflux v. Atlas Glob. Grp., L.P., 541 U.S. 567 (2004).
Fotouhi v. Mobile RF Sols., Inc., No. 15-2587-JWL, 2015 WL 1427139, at *1 (D. Kan.
Mar. 27, 2015) (citing Grupo, 541 U.S. at 570).
Carrington Square, LLC, 2019 WL 5726897, at *2 (finding remand appropriate because,
at the time of filing, diversity did not exist when defendants were citizens and residents of
Kansas, despite establishing citizenship in Missouri post-filing); see also Grupo, 541 U.S.
at 575 (“[A]llowing a citizenship change to cure the jurisdictional defect that existed at the
time of filing would contravene the principle articulated by Chief Justice Marshall
in Conolly. We decline to do today what the Court has refused to do for the past 175
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