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Debetaz v. General Motors, LLC

United States District Court, M.D. Louisiana

July 16, 2019

LARRY D. DEBETAZ, JR.
v.
GENERAL MOTORS, LLC

          ORDER

          RICHARD L. BOURGEOIS, JR. UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         This matter is before the Court on an Amended Complaint (R. Doc. 5) filed by Plaintiff Larry Debetaz to the Court's sua sponte Order (R. Doc. 4). The response is insufficient as the amended complaint does not suffice as the citizenship of General Motors, LLC's members is incomplete. The Court previously sua sponte noted the potential insufficiency of the plaintiff's allegation of the citizenship of the parties as follows;

1. ___ A party invoking diversity jurisdiction must allege the citizenship rather than mere residence of an individual. In addition, see 28 U.S.C. §1332(c)(2) for infants, minors and an incompetent. The citizenship of ___ is not provided.
2. ___ A party invoking diversity jurisdiction must allege both the state of incorporation and principal place of business of each corporate party. See, e.g., Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Co. v. Pargas, Inc., 706 F.2d 633 (5th Cir. 1983).The state of incorporation and principal place of business of ___ is not provided.[1]
3. ___ A party invoking diversity jurisdiction must allege both the state of incorporation and principal place of business of each corporate party. See, e.g., Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Co. v. Pargas, Inc., 706 F.2d 633 (5th Cir. 1983). Even when a liability insurer takes on its insured's citizenship under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c)(1), its own citizenship still is considered in determining whether complete diversity exists. The state of incorporation and principal place of business of ___ is not provided.[2]
4. X A party invoking diversity jurisdiction must properly allege the citizenship of a limited liability company. The citizenship of a limited liability company for diversity purposes is determined by the citizenship of its members. The citizenship of all of the members of a limited liability company must be properly alleged. In the event a member of a limited liability company is another limited liability company, the members of that limited liability company must be properly alleged as well. See Harvey v. Grey Wolf Drilling Co., 542 F.3d 1077, 1080 (5thCir. 2008).The complete citizenship of General Motors, LLC and its members is not provided.
5.___ A party invoking diversity jurisdiction must properly allege the citizenship of a general partnership, a limited liability partnership, and a limited partnership. A general partnership, a limited liability partnership, and a limited partnership has the citizenship of each one of its partners. Both the general partner and limited partner must be alleged to establish citizenship of a limited partnership. See International Paper Co. v. Denkmann Assoc., 116 F.3d 134, 137 (5th Cir. 1997); Carden v. Arkoma Associates, 494 U.S. 185 (1990).The citizenship of___ is not provided.
6. ___ A party invoking diversity jurisdiction must properly allege the citizenship of Underwriters at Lloyd's, London. The citizenship of Underwriters at Lloyd's, London has not been provided. See Corfield v. Dallas Glen Hills LP, 355 F.3d 853 (5th Cir. 2003).
7. ___ A party invoking diversity jurisdiction must properly allege the citizenship of a sole proprietorship. A business entity cannot be both a corporation and sole proprietorship; therefore the court seeks to clarify the identity of plaintiff/defendant. Case law suggests that the citizenship of a sole proprietorship for diversity purposes is determined by the citizenship of its members and/or owners. See Linder Enterprises v. Martinringle, No. 07-1733, 2007 WL 3095382 (N.D. Tex., Oct. 22, 2007). The citizenship of ___ is not provided.

         Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1653, that, on or before July 25, 2019, the plaintiff shall file an amended complaint providing the citizenship of defendant General Motors, LLC, by setting forth all citizenship particulars required to sustain federal diversity jurisdiction.

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Notes:

[1]The phrase “principal place of business” in §1332(c)(1) refers to the place where a corporation's high level officers direct, control, and coordinate the corporation's activities, i.e., its ā€œnerve center, ā€ which will typically be found at its corporate ...


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