Strachan et al v. State Farm Fire And Casulty Company et al
ORDER REQUIRING AMENDED NOTICE OF REMOVAL. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden on 10/13/17. (ncb)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
KENNETH STRACHAN AND
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 4:17-CV-138-DMB-JMV
STATE FARM FIRE AND CASUALTY COMPANY
And DON PYRON BUILDERS, LLC
This matter is before the Court, sua sponte, for consideration of remand for lack of federal
jurisdiction as explained hereafter.1 Remand may be avoided by the filing of an amended notice
of removal—within seven (7) days of the date of this order—that includes allegations that establish
an appropriate basis for federal court jurisdiction.
The Notice of Removal (hereinafter “Notice”)  purports to establish federal jurisdiction
on diversity of citizenship under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a), but it does not adequately identify the
citizenship of all parties.
“The party asserting diversity jurisdiction must ‘distinctly and
affirmatively allege[ ]’ the citizenship of the parties.” Molina v. Wal-Mart Stores Texas, L.P., 535
F. Supp. 2d 805, 807 (W.D. Tex. 2008) (citing Howery v. Allstate Ins. Co., 243 F.3d 912, 919 (5th
Here, the Notice states in relevant part, “4. Plaintiffs have pleaded that they are adult
resident citizens of North Carrollton, Mississippi. See Exhibit A, Complaint, ¶ 1.” [emphasis
added]. Contrary to this statement, however, the Complaint at Paragraph 1 merely states,
“Plaintiffs Kenneth and Shelia Strachan are adult Mississippi residents . . . .” [emphasis added].
The Court is obligated to make an independent inquiry into its jurisdiction. See Grupo Dataflux v. Atlas
Global Group, L.P., 541 U.S. 567, 593 (2004) (Ginsburg, J., dissenting) (citing Bender v. Willamsport Area Sch. Dist.,
475 U.S. 534, 541 (1986)) (“[I]t is the obligation of both district court and counsel to be alert to jurisdictional
“For purposes of diversity jurisdiction, the domicile of the parties as opposed to their residence, is
the key.” Combee v. Shell Oil Co., 615 F.2d 698, 700 (5th Cir. 1980). Accordingly, the Notice
fails to satisfactorily allege the citizenship of Plaintiffs.
Moreover, it should be noted that for purposes of diversity jurisdiction, “the citizenship of
a LLC is determined by the citizenship of all its members.” Harvey v. Grey Wolf Drilling Co., 542
F.3d 1077, 1080 (5th Cir. 2008). In this case the Notice provides as follows:
A review of the information provided to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office and
publicly available indicates that Don Pyron Builders, LLC, is comprised of only one
member, Don Pyron, who, as of its last filing on Feb. 1, 2017, claims to be a resident of
Grenada, MS . . . Therefore, the citizenship of Don Pyron Builders, LLC is Mississippi for
purposes of determining diversity jurisdiction.
Even assuming arguendo that Mr. Pyron is the sole member of the LLC, his residence (as alleged
in the Notice) is, again, not determinative of the issue of citizenship of the LLC.
As noted, the defects in the jurisdictional allegations of the Notice descried above may be
corrected by the filing, within seven (7) days of the date of this order, of an amended notice of
removal that includes allegations which establish this Court has jurisdiction over this action.
Failure to do so will result in the Court recommending remand of this case for lack of subject
SO ORDERED this, the 13th day of October, 2017.
/s/ Jane M. Virden
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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