Willis Knighton Medical Center v. Dun Par Engineered Form Co et al
MEMORANDUM ORDER. The notice of removal should specifically allege the legal form of each party and its citizenship in accordance with the applicable rules. Counsel for Willis-Knighton is directed to promptly provide counsel for Amerisure with any n ecessary information in this regard so that this preliminary jurisdictional issue may be resolved promptly and efficiently. Amerisure will be allowed until June 12, 2017 to file an amended notice of removal and attempt to meet its burden of establishing diversity citizenship. Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark L Hornsby on 5/24/2017. (crt,Crick, S)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
WILLIS-KNIGHTON MEDICAL CENTER
CIVIL ACTION NO. 17-cv-0670
DUN-PAR ENGINEERED FORM CO., ET AL
MAGISTRATE JUDGE HORNSBY
Willis-Knighton Medical Center filed this civil action in state court against Dun-Par
Engineered Form Company and Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company. Amerisure removed
the case based on an assertion of diversity jurisdiction, which places the burden on Amerisure
to allege specific facts that show that there is complete diversity of citizenship. It is
important that these facts be established early in the case. Settlement Funding, LLC v. Rapid
Settlements, Limited, 851 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 2017).
The notice of removal describes Willis-Knighton as a “Louisiana entity” without
further detail. Amerisure alleges that it is a “foreign insurance corporation organized and
existing under the laws of a state other than Louisiana” and with its principal place of
business “in a state other than Louisiana.” Dun-Par is described as “a citizen of the state of
Missouri.” Those allegations are not sufficient with respect to any party.
A corporation is deemed to be a citizen of (1) the state in which it was incorporated
and (2) the state where it has its principal place of business. 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c)(1). To
establish diversity jurisdiction, a complaint or notice of removal must set forth “with
specificity” a corporate party’s state of incorporation and its principal place of business.
“Where the plaintiff [or removing party] fails to state the place of incorporation or the
principal place of business of a corporate party, the pleadings are inadequate to establish
diversity.” Joiner v. Diamond M Drilling Co., 677 F.2d 1035, 1039 (5th Cir. 1982). The
Fifth Circuit requires strict adherence to these straightforward rules. Howery v. Allstate Ins.
Co., 243 F.3d 912, 919 (5th Cir. 2001).
Neither the notice of removal nor state court petition alleges with specificity the form
of entity for Willis-Knighton. Amerisure alleges that it is a corporation, and the petition
alleges that Dun-Par is as well. If an entity is a corporation, the rules set forth above apply.
If it is a partnership, LLC, or other unincorporated association, its citizenship is based on that
of its members. Harvey v. Grey Wolf Drilling Co., 542 F.3d 1077 (5th Cir. 2008); Adams
v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2014 WL 2949404 (W.D. La. 2014). The notice of removal should
specifically allege the legal form of each party and its citizenship in accordance with the
applicable rules. Counsel for Willis-Knighton is directed to promptly provide counsel for
Amerisure with any necessary information in this regard so that this preliminary jurisdictional
issue may be resolved promptly and efficiently. Amerisure will be allowed until June 12,
2017 to file an amended notice of removal and attempt to meet its burden of establishing
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THUS DONE AND SIGNED in Shreveport, Louisiana, this 24th day of May, 2017.
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