HPBS Corporation v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company
ORDER denying 6 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III on October 10, 2014. (EH)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
HPBS CORPORATION, D/B/A HAIR PLUS
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:14CV641 DPJ-FKB
STATE FARM FIRE AND CASUALTY COMPANY
This insurance dispute is before the Court on Defendant State Farm Fire and Casualty
Company’s motion to dismiss  pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6).
Plaintiff HPBS Corporation d/b/a Hair Plus filed this suit against Defendant on July 16, 2014, in
the Circuit Court of Hinds County, Mississippi. Approximately one month later, Defendant
removed the case to this Court based on diversity jurisdiction.
In its Complaint, Plaintiff alleges that it is a corporation existing under the law of the
State of Mississippi and in good standing. But Defendant submits that HPBS was
administratively dissolved on October 1, 2013. See Motion , Ex. A, Mississippi Secretary of
State Report for HPBS Corporation. Defendant insists that dismissal is appropriate because
Mississippi Code Annotated provides that “[a] corporation that has been administratively
dissolved may not maintain any action, suit or proceeding, in any court of this state until the
corporation is reinstated.” Miss. Code Ann. § 79-4-14.21(f); see also Funderburg v. Pontotoc
Electric Power Ass’n, 6 So. 3d 439, 442 (Miss. Ct. App. 2009) (affirming finding that an
administratively dissolved corporation cannot be a plaintiff in a lawsuit because it has no power
In response, Plaintiff concedes that HPBS was administratively dissolved by the
Secretary of State in October 2013, but asserts that the dissolution was cancelled and a certificate
of reinstatement has been issued. See Response , Ex. B, Mississippi Secretary of State
Certificate of Reinstatement. And Mississippi Code Annotated provides that a reinstatement
“relates back to and takes effect as of the effective date of the administrative dissolution.” Miss.
Code Ann. § 79-4-14.22(c)(1). Accordingly, because the Secretary of State has reinstated
HPBS, it is considered to have been in good standing at the time of the filing of this civil action.1
Defendant’s motion to dismiss  is denied.
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this the 10th day of October, 2014.
s/ Daniel P. Jordan III
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Defendant did not file a rebuttal, and the time to do so has passed.
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