Ramirez v. All Carolina Crane Rental LLC et al
ORDER AND OPINION granting 7 Defendants' unopposed Motion to Dismiss for Lack of subject matter Jurisdiction. AND IT IS SO ORDERED. Signed by Honorable Richard M Gergel on 5/15/2017.(sshe, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Civil Action No. 2:17-700-RMG
ORDER AND OPINION
All Carolina Crane Rental, LLC d/b/a
All Carolina Crane Rental and All Carolina )
Crane & Equipment, LLC,
This matter is before the Court on the Defendants' unopposed motion to dismiss for lack
of subject matter jurisdiction under Rule 12(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 28
U.S.c. § 1332 because there is not complete diversity among the parties. (Dkt. No.7.) For the
reasons set forth below, the motion to dismiss is granted.
Even when a motion to dismiss is unopposed, this Court must determine whether
dismissal is proper. See Stevenson v. City ofSeat Pleasant, Md., 743 F.3d 411, 416 n.3 (4th Cir.
2014). Under 28 U.S.C. § 1332, a federal district court has original jurisdiction over all civil
actions in cases where the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000 and is between citizens of
different states. 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)(1). Except for certain class actions, Section 1332 requires
complete diversity among parties, meaning that that each plaintiffs citizenship is different from
each defendant's citizenship. Caterpillar, Inc. v. Lewis, 519 U.S. 61, 68 (1996). For purposes of
diversity jurisdiction, a corporation "shall be deemed to be a citizen of any State by which it has
been incorporated and of the State where it has its principal place of business .... " 28 U.S.C. §
Under Rule 12(b)(l), the district court steps into the role of fact-finder for the limited
purpose of adjudicating disputes concerning allegations which are critical to the determination of
subject matter jurisdiction. If the moving party contests the truth of the complaint's jurisdictional
allegations, this Court may "go beyond the allegations of the complaint and in an evidentiary
hearing determine if there are facts to support the jurisdictional allegations." Adams v. Bain, 697
F.2d 1213, 1219 (4th Cir.1982). The district court may review pleadings, affidavits, depositions,
and even hear testimony, all without converting the 12(b)(I) motion into one for summary
judgment. Id Plaintiff bears the burden of proving subject matter jurisdiction. Id
Plaintiff alleged in the Complaint that each Defendant was a "foreign corporation," but he
did not mention where either Defendant is incorporated or maintains its principal place of
business. (Dkt. No. 1 at 1.) Defendants have filed two affidavits in support of their assertion that
All Carolina Crane Rental, LLC is organized under the laws of Ohio but has its principal place of
business in Charleston County, South Carolina. (Dkt. Nos. 7-1, 7-2.) Plaintiff alleges in his
Complaint that he is a citizen and resident of South Carolina. (Dkt. No.1 at 1.) Plaintiff has filed
no opposition to the Defendants' motion to dismiss. Because the Complaint does not include any
facts from which this Court could independently determine that complete diversity of the parties
has been established, and because Plaintiff has not opposed Defendant's allegation that All
Carolina Crane Rental, LLC has its principal place of business in South Carolina, this Court can
only conclude that complete diversity does not exist among the parties.
For the reasons stated above, this case is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for lack
of subject matter jurisdiction.
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
Richard Mark rgel
United States DIstrict Court Judge
Mal rS-, 2017
Charleston, South Carolina
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