Poinsett et al v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, by September 12, 2013, plaintiff shall file an amended complaint which shall allege facts establishing the citizenship of each of the defendant LLC's members. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if plainti ff does not timely and fully comply with this order, this matter will be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all other proceedings in this case are STAYED pending further order of this Court. Amended/Supplemental Pleadings due by 9/12/2013. Signed by District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr on 8/29/2013. (JMC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY,
SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S., L.L.C.,
SANOFI-AVENTIS, U.S., INC., n/k/a
SANOFI US SERVICES INC., and
n/k/a SANOFI-SYNTHELABO, INC.,
Case No. 1:13-CV-123 SNLJ
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on review of the file following assignment to the
undersigned. The Eight Circuit has admonished district courts to “be attentive to a satisfaction of
jurisdictional requirements in all cases.” Sanders v. Clemco Indus., 823 F.2d 214, 216 (8th Cir.
1987). “In every federal case the court must be satisfied that it has jurisdiction before it turns to
the merits of other legal arguments.” Carlson v. Arrowhead Concrete Works, Inc., 445 F.3d
1046, 1050 (8th Cir. 2006). “A plaintiff who seeks to invoke diversity jurisdiction of the federal
courts must plead citizenship distinctly and affirmatively.” 15 James Wm. Moore, et al.,
Moore’s Federal Practice § 102.31 (3d ed. 2010).
The Complaint in this case asserts that the Court1 has jurisdiction over the action pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 1332 because the lawsuit is between citizens of different States and the matter in
The Court notes that the case caption on the Complaint states that it has been filed in the
Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. However, because the Complaint clearly invokes federal
jurisdiction, the Court presumes that the case caption’s named court is a clerical error.
controversy exceeds the sum of $75,000. Plaintiff named four defendants, including one
defendant identified as an L.L.C.. The Complaint alleges that Sanofi-Aventis U.S., L.L.C. is a
subsidiary of the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis and that the “American base
for Sanofi-Aventis is 400 Somerset Corporate Boulevard, SC4-310A, Bridgewater, New Jersey
08807-0912.” (#1 at ¶ 5.) These allegations are insufficient for the Court to determine whether
it has diversity jurisdiction over this matter.
The defendant LLC’s citizenship has not been addressed explicitly; however, the Eighth
Circuit has held that unincorporated entities such as LLCs are citizens of every state of which any
member is a citizen. See GMAC Commercial Credit, LLC v. Dillard Dep’t Stores, Inc., 357 F.3d
827, 829 (8th Cir. 2004). Thus, for the LLC defendant, the Court must examine the citizenship
of each member of that company to determine whether diversity jurisdiction exists. The
Complaint contains no allegations concerning the members of the defendant LLC.2
The Court will grant plaintiff 14 days to file an amended complaint which alleges facts
showing the existence of the requisite diversity of citizenship of the parties. If plaintiff fails to
timely and fully comply with this Order, the Court will dismiss this matter without prejudice for
lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, by September 12, 2013, plaintiff shall file an amended
complaint which shall allege facts establishing the citizenship of each of the defendant LLC’s
The Complaint states that the LLC is a “subsidiary” for the Sanofi-Aventis, but that is
not enough information from which the Court may confidently glean citizenship for an LLC.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if plaintiff does not timely and fully comply with this
order, this matter will be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all other proceedings in this case are STAYED
pending further order of this Court.
Dated this 29th day of August, 2013.
STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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