Ross Dress For Less, Inc. v. Creekstone/Juban I, LLC, et al.
ORDER regarding 1 Complaint filed by Ross Dress For Less, Inc. Plaintiff shall have 7 days from the date of this Order to file an amended Complaint without further leave of Court properly setting forth the citizenship particulars required to establish that the Court has diversity jurisdiction over the case. Signed by Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes on 8/11/17. (DCB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
ROSS DRESS FOR LESS, INC.
CREEKSTONE/JUBAN I, LLC, ET AL.
Before the Court is a Complaint filed by plaintiff, Ross Dress for Less, Inc. (“Ross”).1 In
the Complaint, Ross asserts this Court has diversity jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332.2
The Complaint contains the following allegations regarding citizenship of the parties:
Plaintiff Ross is a corporation organized under the laws of the State
of Virginia with its principal place of business in California.
Defendant Creekstone/Juban I, LLC (“Landlord”) is a limited
liability company organized under the laws of the State of Delaware.
Upon information and belief, the managing member of Landlord is
Stephen Keller who is a domiciliary of the State of Louisiana
Upon information and belief, Defendant XL Insurance America,
Inc. (“XL”) is an insurance corporation organized under the laws of
the State of Delaware with its principal place of business in
Proper information regarding the citizenship of all parties is necessary to establish the
Court’s diversity jurisdiction. In the Complaint, citizenship has not been adequately alleged.
While the citizenship of plaintiff, Ross, and defendant, XL Insurance America, Inc., has been
R. Doc. 1.
R. Doc. 1 at ¶ 4.
R. Doc. 1 at ¶¶ 1-3.
adequately alleged,4 the citizenship of Creekstone/Juban I, LLC has not been adequately alleged
in the Complaint. For purposes of diversity, the citizenship of a limited liability company is
determined by considering the citizenship of all its members. Harvey v. Grey Wolf Drilling Co.,
542 F.3d 1077, 1080 (5th Cir. 2008). Thus, to properly allege the citizenship of a limited liability
company, a party must identify each of the members of a limited liability company and the
citizenship of each member in accordance with the requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a) and (c).
The same requirement applies to any member of a limited liability company which is also a limited
liability company. See, Turner Bros. Crane and Rigging, LLC v. Kingboard Chemical Holding
Ltd., 2007 WL 2848154, at *4 (M.D. La. Sept. 24, 2007) (“when partners or members are
themselves entities or associations, the citizenship must be traced through however many layers of
members or partners there may be, and failure to do [so] can result in dismissal for want of
jurisdiction.”) (citations omitted). Although Ross has properly alleged the citizenship of the
managing member of Creekstone/Juban I, LLC, Stephen Keller,5 it is unclear from the Complaint
whether Keller is the only member of Creekstone/Juban I, LLC.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Ross shall have seven (7) days from the date of this
Order to file an amended Complaint without further leave of Court properly setting forth the
For purposes of diversity, “A corporation is a citizen of its place of incorporation and its principal place of business.”
28 U.S.C. § 1332(c). See also, Getty Oil, Div. of Texaco v. Ins. Co. of North America, 841 F.2d 1254, 1259 (5th Cir.
1988) (In diversity cases involving corporations, “allegations of citizenship must set forth the state of incorporation
as well as the principal place of business of each corporation.”). Thus, to properly allege the citizenship of a
corporation, a party must identify the place of incorporation and the corporation’s principal place of business in
accordance with the requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c).
The Fifth Circuit has explained that, “For diversity purposes, citizenship means domicile; mere residence in the State
is not sufficient.” Mas v. Perry, 489 F.2d 1396, 1399 (5th Cir. 1974) (citations omitted).
citizenship particulars required to establish that the Court has diversity jurisdiction over the case.
Signed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on August 11, 2017 .
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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