Parker et al v. American Pub, LLC d/b/a TGI Fridays
ORDER. Plaintiffs and Defendant American Pub, LLC's Joint Motion toRemand, [Doc. 6], is granted. Signed on 6/30/17 by District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey. (Matthes Mitra, Renea)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
SHAREN PARKER and
AMERICAN PUB, LLC d/ba/
TGI FRIDAY’S and
BB HOLDING, LLC,
d/b/a TGI FRIDAY’S
Plaintiffs Sharen and William Parker and Defendant American Pub, LLC jointly move to
remand this action to the Circuit Court of Boone County, Missouri for lack of subject matter
jurisdiction. [Doc. 6.] The motion to remand is granted.
On April 20, 2017, Plaintiffs Sharen and William Parker filed suit in the Circuit Court of
Boone County, Missouri against Defendant American Pub, LLC, alleging ownership of a TGI
Friday’s where Plaintiff Sharen Parker was injured. Before Defendant American Pub, LLC filed
an Answer, Plaintiffs amended their Petition, identifying BB Holding, LLC as an owner of TGI
Friday’s and adding it as a defendant. On May 26, 2017, Defendant American Pub, LLC
removed the action to this Court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332,
not realizing that an Amended Petition was filed adding BB Holding, LLC as a defendant.
Defendant BB Holding, LLC is a Missouri company.
In their motion, Defendant American Pub, LLC, the removing defendant, jointly moves
with Plaintiffs to remand this action back to the Circuit Court of Boone County for lack of
diversity. [Doc. 6]. Because the parties represent that BB Holding, LLC is a Missouri company,
removal to this federal court in Missouri is barred by 28 U.S.C. § 1441(b)(2), and the Court lacks
subject matter jurisdiction. See 28 U.S.C. § 1441(b)(2) (“A civil action otherwise removable
solely on the basis of the jurisdiction under section 1332(a) . . . may not be removed if any of the
parties in interest properly joined and served as defendants is a citizen of the State in which such
action is brought.”). Accordingly, this matter is remanded to the Circuit Court of Boone County,
For the previous reasons, Plaintiffs and Defendant American Pub, LLC’s Joint Motion to
Remand, [Doc. 6], is granted.
s/ Nanette K. Laughrey
NANETTE K. LAUGHREY
United States District Judge
Dated: June 30, 2017
Jefferson City, Missouri
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