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Meridian Chemicals, LLC v. Torque Logistics, LLC

United States District Court, M.D. Louisiana

January 11, 2018

MERIDIAN CHEMICALS, LLC ET AL.
v.
TORQUE LOGISTICS, LLC ET AL.

          NOTICE AND ORDER

          ERIN WILDER-DOOMES UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         This is a civil action involving claims for damages incurred by Meridian Chemicals, LLC (“Meridian”) as a result of the alleged spill, release or discharge of black liquor soap by Torque Logistics, LLC (“Torque”) onto property owned by Beaulieu Plantation, Inc. on or about March 6, 2017.[1] On or about November 27, 2017, Meridian and Aspen Specialty Insurance Company (“Aspen”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) filed a Petition for Damages against Torque and Kinsale Insurance Company (“Kinsale”) (collectively, “Defendants”) in the Eighteenth Judicial District Court for the Parish of West Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana.[2] Torque removed the matter to this Court on January 3, 2018, on the basis of diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a).[3] The Notice of Removal contains the following allegations regarding the citizenship of the parties:

I.
Torque Logistics, LLC is a limited liability corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas, domiciled in the State of Texas, and which maintains its principal place of business at 33300 Egypt Lane, Suite J300, Magnolia, Texas 77354.
II.
Sean W. Thomason is the sole member of, and owns 100% of, Torque Logistics, LLC.
III.
Sean W. Thomason is domiciled in and a resident of the state of Texas.
. . . .
VI.
Defendant Kinsale Insurance Company is an Arkansas corporation with its principal place of business in Richmond, Virginia.
VII.
Plaintiff Aspen Specialty Insurance Co. is a North Dakota corporation with its principal place of business in ...

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