Capital Indemnity Corporation v. Draes et al
ORDERED: This case will be dismissed on October 11, 2017, unless Plaintiff files an amended pleading properly alleging jurisdiction on or before that date. Signed by Judge Sam E Haddon on 10/4/2017. (HEG)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MONTANA
OCT 0 4 2017
Clerk, U.S District Court
District Of Montana
No. CV 17-85-H-SEH
DRAES, INC., a Montana corporation,
GG&ME, LLC, a Montana limited
liability company, BRYAN
SANDROCK, KEVIN DETIENNE,
individually and on behalf of THE
VIBEKE DETIENNE TRUST as
Trustee, THE TRAIN STATION,
LLC, a Montana limited liability
company, and THE MONEY TRAIN,
LLC, a Montana limited liability
This case was filed on July 24, 2017. Diversity jurisdiction is claimed. 1
However, the requisite diversity of citizenship necessary to establish diversity
jurisdiction is not pleaded.
Doc. I at3.
Diversity of citizenship jurisdiction, if it exists, must be grounded in 28
U.S.C. § 1332. That statute provides in pertinent part:
(a) The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of
all civil actions where the matter in controversy exceeds
the sum or value of $75,000, exclusive of interest and
costs, and is between( 1) Citizens of different States;
28 U.S.C. § 1332 (a)(l).
It is fundamental that federal jurisdiction cannot be presumed. The diversity
statute requires complete diversity of citizenship between all plaintiffs and all
defendants. 15 JAMES WM. MOORE ET AL., MOORE'S FEDERAL PRACTICE§
102.12, at 102-28 (3d ed. 2016). It is to be strictly construed. City ofIndianapolis
v. Chase Nat. Bank a/City ofNew York, 314 U.S. 63 (194l)(citing Healy v. Ratta,
292 U.S. 263, 270 (1934)). Plaintiff, as the party asserting jurisdiction, has the
burden of proving such jurisdiction exists. Lew v. Moss, 797 F.2d 747 (9th Cir.
The Complaint names four entity defendants and two individual defendants.
Three of the entities appear to be limited liability companies: GG&ME, LLC; the
Train Station, LLC; and the Money Train, LLC.
While a limited liability company (LLC) resembles both a partnership and a
corporation, they are treated as "partnerships for the purposes of diversity
jurisdiction." Johnson v. Columbia Properties Anchorage, LP, 437 F.3d 894, 899
(9th Cir. 2006). Therefore, "like a partnership, an LLC is a citizen of every state
of which its owners/members are citizens." Johnson, 437 F.3d at 899. Here,
Plaintiff fails to allege the citizenship of Defendants GG&ME, LLC; the Train
Station, LLC; and the Money Train, LLC. The citizenship of each individual
member is not alleged. It is thus impossible for the Court to determine whether
complete diversity exists.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3) and applicable case law provide that "[t]he
objection that a federal court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction may be raised by a
party, or by a court on its own initiative, at any stage in the litigation, even after
trial and the entry of judgment." Arbaugh v. Y & H Corp., 546 U.S. 500, 506
(2006)( citation omitted).
This case will be dismissed on October 11, 2017, unless Plaintiff files an
amended pleading properly alleging jurisdiction on or before that date.
t/'fjd.ay of October, 2017.
United States District Court
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