Miles v. Woerner Development, Inc et al
NOTICE AND ORDER: Defendant, Woerner Development, Inc., shall file a Motion to Substitute the Notice of Removal with a proposed comprehensive Notice of Removal that alleges the citizenship of plaintiff, Steven Miles, by setting out Mr. Miles' domicile. Defendant shall have seven (7) days from the date of this Notice and Order to file the Motion to Substitute. No further leave of court is necessary to timely file the Motion to Substitute. Signed by Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes on 10/12/2017. (LLH)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
INC. AND ABC INSURANCE COMPANY
NOTICE AND ORDER
On October 6, 2017, defendant, Woerner Development, Inc. (“Defendant”) removed this
suit on the basis of diversity jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332.1
In the Notice of Removal, Defendant alleges it is a “foreign company incorporated in the
state of Alabama with its principal place of business at 818 N. McKenzie Street, Foley, AL
36536.”2 This is a sufficient allegation regarding the citizenship of Defendant. See, 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.”). However, with respect to plaintiff,
Steven Miles (“Plaintiff”), Defendant alleges only that Plaintiff is a Louisiana resident. 3 This is
not a sufficient allegation regarding Plaintiff’s citizenship. See, Mas v. Perry, 489 F.2d 1396,
1399 (5th Cir. 1974) (“For diversity purposes, citizenship means domicile, mere residence in the
State is not sufficient.”).4
R. Doc. 1.
R. Doc. 1, ¶ 4. Defendant does not set forth the citizenship of ABC Insurance. For purposes of determining whether
there is diversity subject matter jurisdiction, the citizenship of a defendant which has been sued under a fictitious name
may be disregarded. 28 U.S.C. § 1441(b)(1).
R. Doc. 1, ¶¶ 2, 3, & 15(A)(1).
Per Plaintiff’s First Amended Petition for Damages, Plaintiff alleged that that “his damages exceed the jurisdictional
limit of $75,000.00, exclusive of interest and costs.” R. Doc. 1-5, ¶ 11.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant, Woerner Development, Inc., shall file a
Motion to Substitute the Notice of Removal with a proposed comprehensive Notice of Removal
that alleges the citizenship of plaintiff, Steven Miles, by setting out Mr. Miles’ domicile.
Defendant shall have seven (7) days from the date of this Notice and Order to file the Motion to
Substitute. No further leave of court is necessary to timely file the Motion to Substitute.
Signed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 12, 2017.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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