Manning, Hatchett, & Associates Consulting Group LLC et al v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Company et al
ORDER DISMISSING CASE for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction. Signed by District Judge Sean F. Cox. (JMcC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Manning, Hatchett, & Associates
Consulting Group LLC and Antonio
Case No. 16-13391
J.P. Morgan Chase & Company and
J.P. Morgan Chase National Corporation,
Sean F. Cox
United States District Court Judge
ORDER DISMISSING ACTION
FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION
Acting pro se, Plaintiffs filed this action on September 19, 2016, asserting subject matter
jurisdiction through diversity of citizenship pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1332.
“[F]ederal courts have an independent obligation to investigate and police the boundaries
of their own jurisdiction.” Douglas v. E.F. Baldwin & Assocs., Inc., 150 F.3d 604, 607 (6th Cir.
Having reviewed Plaintiffs’ Complaint, this Court was not persuaded that Plaintiffs have
adequately alleged the necessary facts to establish the existence of diversity jurisdiction.
Accordingly, the Court ordered Plaintiffs to show cause why this case should not be dismissed
for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The Court ordered Plaintiff’s to show cause, in writing,
no later than October 14, 2016, why this action should not be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
To date, however, Plaintiffs have failed to respond to the Show Cause Order.
The Court shall dismiss this action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Under 28
U.S.C. §1332(a), the two requirements for diversity jurisdiction are: 1) that the matter in
controversy exceeds the sum or value of $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs, and 2) that
complete diversity of citizenship exists between the disputing parties.
Among other things, Plaintiffs have failed to establish the existence of complete diversity
in this action.
Plaintiffs’ Complaint indicates that Plaintiff Antonio Manning is a citizen of Michigan.
That means that if either of the Defendants are also citizens of Michigan, there is not complete
diversity of citizenship in this action and the Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction.
For diversity purposes, a corporation is deemed to be a citizen of any state in which it has
been incorporated and, additionally, of the state in which it has its principal place of business.
28 U.S.C. §1332(c)(1). Because Defendants are corporations, each of them is therefore deemed
to be a citizen of the state in which it was incorporated and the state in which it has its principal
place of business.
Plaintiffs’ Complaint alleges that Defendants are “incorporated in Michigan.” As such,
Plaintiffs’ Complaint indicates that there is not complete diversity in this action.
Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that this action is DISMISSED WITHOUT
PREJUDICE for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
S/Sean F. Cox
Sean F. Cox
United States District Judge
Dated: October 18, 2016
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