Miller v. Under Armour Retail of Louisiana L L C
MEMORANDUM ORDER re 1 Notice of Removal filed by Under Armour Retail of Louisiana L L C. The notice of removal does not adequately allege Under Armour's own citizenship, so Under Armour will need to file an amended notice of removal by February 26, 2018 and set forth the necessary information. Compliance Deadline set for 2/26/2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark L Hornsby on 2/12/2018. (crt,Keller, J)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
CIVIL ACTION NO. 18-cv-0148
CHIEF JUDGE HICKS
UNDER ARMOUR RETAIL OF
MAGISTRATE JUDGE HORNSBY
Under Armour Retail of Louisiana, LLC removed this personal injury case based
on an assertion of diversity jurisdiction, which puts the burden on Under Armour to set
forth facts that show there is complete diversity of citizenship. The notice of removal does
not adequately allege Under Armour’s own citizenship, so Under Armour will need to file
an amended notice of removal by February 26, 2018 and set forth the necessary
Under Armour alleges in paragraph three of its notice of removal that it is a limited
liability company organized under Maryland law with its principal place of business in
Maryland. It then alleges in paragraph 11 that it is a “foreign corporation” with those same
characteristics. Accordingly, Under Armour will need to decide and allege without
ambiguity whether it is a corporation or, as its name suggests, an LLC.
If Under Armour is an LLC, it will need to allege its citizenship in accordance with
the applicable rules. The citizenship of an LLC is determined by the citizenship of all of its
members, with its state of organization or principal place of business being irrelevant.
Harvey v. Grey Wolf Drilling Co., 542 F.3d 1077 (5th Cir. 2008). “A party seeking to
establish diversity jurisdiction must specifically allege the citizenship of every member of
every LLC or partnership involved in a litigation.” Settlement Funding, L.L.C. v. Rapid
Settlements, Ltd., 851 F.3d 530, 536 (5th Cir. 2017). If the members are themselves
partnerships, LLCs, corporations or other form of entity, their citizenship must be alleged
in accordance with the rules applicable to that entity, and the citizenship must be traced
through however many layers of members or partners there may be. Feaster v. Grey Wolf
Drilling Co., 2007 WL 3146363 (W.D. La. 2007). The court has explained the need for
such detail in cases such as Burford v. State Line Gathering System, LLC, 2009 WL
2487988 (W.D. La. 2009) and Adams v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2014 WL 2949404 (W.D.
THUS DONE AND SIGNED at Shreveport, Louisiana, this 12th day of February,
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