National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh Pa v. New Dominion LLC et al
ORDER: The Court finds insufficient factual allegations to establish the existence of subject matter jurisdiction. Plaintiff is directed to file an amended pleading within 14 days of this date to cure the deficiencies identified in this Order. Signed by Honorable Timothy D. DeGiusti on 6/3/2021. (mb)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
NATIONAL UNION FIRE INSURANCE )
COMPANY OF PITTSBURGH, PA.,
NEW DOMINION, LLC, et al.,
Case No. CIV-21-547-D
Upon examination of the Complaint, the Court finds insufficient factual allegations
to establish the existence of subject matter jurisdiction. 1
Plaintiff asserts that jurisdiction
over this action exists pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2201 and 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a).
However, Section 2201 merely provides a declaratory judgment remedy; it does
not create subject matter jurisdiction.
See Skelly Oil Co. v. Phillips Petroleum Co., 339
U.S. 667, 671 (1950) (The Declaratory Judgment Act “enlarged the range of remedies
available in the federal courts but did not extend their jurisdiction.”); see also Cardtoons,
L.C. v. Major League Baseball Players Ass’n, 95 F.3d 959, 964 (10th Cir. 1996) (“the
power to issue declaratory judgments must lie in some independent basis of jurisdiction”).
The Court has “an independent obligation to determine whether subject-matter
jurisdiction exists” and may raise the issue sua sponte at any time. 1mage Software, Inc. v.
Reynolds & Reynolds Co., 459 F.3d 1044, 1048 (10th Cir. 2006); see Arbaugh v. Y&H Corp., 546
U.S. 500, 506 (2006).
As to diversity jurisdiction under Section 1332, Plaintiff identifies itself as a
corporate citizen of Pennsylvania and New York, and Defendant New Dominion, LLC as
an Oklahoma limited liability company with its principal place of business in Oklahoma.
See Compl. ¶¶ 4-5. For purposes of citizenship, however, a limited liability company is
not treated like a corporation under § 1332(c)(1), but like an unincorporated association
under Carden v. Arkoma Associates, 494 U.S. 185, 195-96 (1990).
See Siloam Springs
Hotel, L.L.C. v. Century Surety Co.,781 F.3d 1233, 1237-38 (10th Cir. 2015).
Complaint does not identify New Dominion, LLC’s members or allege their citizenship.
Plaintiff also does not state the citizenship of the individual defendants named in the
See Siloam Springs, 781 F.3d at 1238 (“An individual’s residence is not
equivalent to his domicile and it is domicile that is relevant for determining citizenship.”)
The Court therefore finds that Plaintiff has failed to demonstrate diversity of citizenship
between the parties and, thus, the Complaint does not establish a basis of federal
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff is directed to file an amended
pleading within 14 days of this date to cure the deficiencies identified in this Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 3rd day of June, 2021.
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