Silvercote, LLC v. B & S. Poultry, LLC, et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER..IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, by August 21, 2017, plaintiff shall file an amended complaint in accordance with this memorandum.IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if plaintiff does not timely and fully comply with this order, this matter wi ll 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 8/21/2017. Signed by District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr on 8/14/17. (MRS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
B&S POULTRY, LLC, et al.,
Case No. 1:17cv82 SNLJ
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on review of the file. 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 Court 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 controversy exceeds the sum of $75,000. Plaintiff is a Limited Liability
Company (“LLC”), and defendant is also an LLC. 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 each LLC party, the Court must examine the citizenship of
each member of those companies to determine whether diversity jurisdiction exists. The
Complaint contains no allegations concerning the members of the LLCs.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, by August 21, 2017, plaintiff shall file an
amended complaint in accordance with this memorandum.
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.
day of August, 2017.
STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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