Boulanger v. Family Dollar Stores of Louisiana, Inc. et al
NOTICE AND ORDER: Defendants Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. and Family Dollar Stores of Louisiana, Inc. (collectively, Defendants), shall file a memorandum and supporting evidence concerning subject matter jurisdiction within ten (10) days of the date of this Notice and Order. Memorandum and supporting evidence due by 8/14/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes on 08/02/2017. (ELW)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
FAMILY DOLLAR STORES
OF LOUISIANA, INC. ET AL.
NOTICE AND ORDER
This is a civil action involving claims for damages sustained by plaintiff, Evone Boulanger,
as a result of a slip and fall that allegedly occurred on August 11, 2016 at a Family Dollar Store
located in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.1 The matter was removed to this Court on July 24,
2017 from the Twentieth Judicial District Court for the Parish of East Feliciana, Louisiana, on the
basis of diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a).2 The Notice of Removal alleges that this
case meets the amount in controversy necessary for the Court to exercise federal subject matter
jurisdiction based on the following:
11. Plaintiff alleges that she slipped and fell while shopping in a
Family Dollar store. See, generally, Petition, Exhibit “A.” She
alleges that she suffered injuries to her hip, knee, and other parts of
her body that required her to undergo medical treatment and suffer
pain that has lessened her quality of life. Id. at ¶ 11-12. She claims
that she is entitled to damages for past present, and future mental
and physical pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of
enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and other damages. Id. at ¶ 13.
12. The Petition fails to include a general allegation that Plaintiff’s
claims are less than the required jurisdictional amount for federal
diversity jurisdiction. Accordingly, the Petition fails to show that
there is a “lack of jurisdiction of federal courts due to insufficiency
R. Doc. 1-1 at p. 1.
R. Doc. 1 at ¶ 6.
of damages” as required by La. Code Civ. Proc. 893. Pelas v. EAN
Holdings, LLC, 2012 WL 85841, at *2, n.4 (E.D. La. Jan. 11, 2012).
13. It is facially apparently that the amount in controversy exceeds
$75,000, exclusive of interest and costs. Luckett, 171 F.3d at 298.
Plaintiff’s allegations of injury to multiple parts of her body, which
necessitated and may still necessitate medical treatment, establish
that the amount in controversy is met in this case.3
It is not apparent from the face of Plaintiff’s Petition for Damages or the Notice of Removal
that Plaintiff’s claims in this matter are likely to exceed $75,000.00. In the Petition for Damages,
Plaintiff alleges the following:
As a result of her slip on the premises, EVONE has suffered personal
injuries. Said injuries to the person of EVONE include, but not
exclusively, injuries to her left hip, left knee, and other parts of her
body which shall be proven at the trial of this matter.
Due to the negligence of the defendants, EVONE has had to undergo
medical treatment and suffered with pain that lessened her quality
As a result of the negligence of the defendants, EVONE is entitled
to recover damages for past, present and future mental and physical
pain and suffering, past, present and future medical expenses, past,
present and future loss of enjoyment of life, past, present and future
mental anguish and other damages to be proven at the trial of this
While Plaintiff does seek several items of damages, there is no indication of the amount in
controversy related to her alleged damages.
Although Plaintiff has not filed a Motion to Remand, the Court sua sponte raises the issue
of whether it may exercise diversity jurisdiction in this matter, specifically, whether the amount in
controversy requirement has been met.
R. Doc. 1 at ¶¶ 11-13.
R. Doc. 1-1 at ¶¶ 11-14.
IT IS ORDERED that defendants Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. and Family
Dollar Stores of Louisiana, Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”), shall file a memorandum and
supporting evidence concerning subject matter jurisdiction within ten (10) days of the date of this
Notice and Order, and that Plaintiff shall either file a memorandum and supporting evidence
regarding subject matter jurisdiction or a Motion to Remand for lack of subject matter jurisdiction
within ten (10) days after the filing of Defendants’ memorandum. The supplemental memoranda
shall be limited to ten (10) pages and shall specifically address whether there is diversity
jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a).
Once the Court has reviewed the supplemental
memoranda, the Court will either allow the case to proceed if jurisdiction is present or address the
Motion to Remand filed by Plaintiff.
Signed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on August 2, 2017.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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