Carr v. IF&P Holding Company, LLC et al, No. 2:2022cv00480 - Document 49 (E.D. La. 2024)

Court Description: ORDER AND REASONS: the Court finds that Plaintiff has failed to adequately allege diversity of citizenship. Plaintiff is granted leave to amend the Complaint within 20 days from the entry of this Order. Failure to file timely an amended complaint will result in dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Signed by Judge Jane Triche Milazzo on 2/7/2024.(lag)

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Carr v. IF&P Holding Company, LLC et al Doc. 49 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA MARANDA CARR CIVIL ACTION VERSUS NO: 22-480 IF&P HOLDING COMPANY, LLC ET AL. SECTION: “H”(1) ORDER AND REASONS The Court now examines subject matter jurisdiction sua sponte. Plaintiff has failed to adequately plead diversity jurisdiction in her Complaint. Accordingly, Plaintiff shall amend her Complaint to correct this jurisdictional defect within 20 days of the entry of this Order. This Court is duty-bound to examine the basis of subject matter jurisdiction sua sponte.1 Subject matter jurisdiction in this case is premised upon diversity of citizenship.2 Cases arising under § 1332 require, inter alia, complete diversity of citizenship.3 “The concept of complete diversity requires Lane v. Halliburton, 529 F.3d 548, 565 (5th Cir. 2008) (citing Union Planters Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. Salih, 369 F.3d 457, 460 (5th Cir. 2004)). 2 See 28 U.S.C. § 1332. 3 Stiftung v. Plains Mktg., L.P., 603 F.3d 295, 297 (5th Cir. 2010) (citations omitted). 1 1 Dockets.Justia.com that all persons on one side of the controversy be citizens of different states than all persons on the other side.”4 Plaintiff’s Complaint alleges that Defendants IF&P Holding Company, LLC and MC Produce, LLC are limited liability companies (“LLCs”).5 For purposes of diversity jurisdiction, the “citizenship of a LLC is determined by the citizenship of all of its members.”6 Accordingly, the party invoking federal jurisdiction “must list the citizenship of each member of each limited liability company to properly allege diversity of citizenship.”7 Plaintiff has failed to properly allege the citizenship of IF&P Holding Company, LLC and MC Produce, LLC. Plaintiff’s failure to properly allege citizenship is not fatal.8 28 U.S.C. § 1653 provides that “[d]efective allegations of jurisdiction may be amended, upon terms, in the trial or appellate courts.” A district court’s decision to permit amendment under § 1653 turns on the nature of the jurisdictional defect. 9 Where “jurisdictional problems are of the ‘technical’ or ‘formal’ variety, they McClaughlin v. Mississippi Power Co., 376 F.3d 344, 353 (5th Cir. 2004) (internal quotation marks and citations omitted). 5 Doc. 1 at 1. 6 Harvey v. Grey Wold Drilling Co., 542 F.3d 1077, 1080 (5th Cir. 2008). 7 Bona Fide Demolition & Recovery, LLC v. Crosby Constr. Co. of Louisiana, Inc., No. 07–3115, 2009 WL 413504, at *1 (E.D. La. Feb. 18, 2009) (citations omitted); see also Pyramid Transp., Inc. v. Greatwide Dallas Mavis, LLC, No. 12–0149, 2013 WL 840664, at *6 (N.D. Tex. Mar. 7, 2013) (“The citizenship of each member of a limited liability company must be alleged.” (citations omitted)); Toney v. Knauf Gips KG, No. 12–638, 2012 WL 5923960, at *1 (M.D. La. Oct. 25, 2012) (“[T]o properly allege the citizenship of a limited liability company . . . the party asserting jurisdiction must identify each of the entity’s members . . . and the citizenship of each [member].” (internal footnote and citations omitted)). 8 See Whitmire v. Victus Ltd., 212 F.3d 885, 887 (5th Cir. 2000) (citation omitted). 9 Id. at 888. 2 4 fall squarely within the ambit of § 1653.”10 Thus, amendment should be allowed where “‘diversity jurisdiction was not questioned by the parties and there is no suggestion in the record that it does not in fact exist.’”11 The record in this matter does not reveal, nor has any party argued, that diversity jurisdiction is not present. Accordingly, Plaintiff is granted leave to amend the Complaint to allege “distinctly and affirmatively” the jurisdictional facts that give rise to diversity jurisdiction. CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, the Court finds that Plaintiff has failed to adequately allege diversity of citizenship. Plaintiff is granted leave to amend the Complaint within 20 days from the entry of this Order. Failure to file timely an amended complaint will result in dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. New Orleans, Louisiana this 7th day of February, 2024. ____________________________________ JANE TRICHE MILAZZO UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Id. Stafford v. Mobil Oil Corp., 945 F.2d 803, 806 (5th Cir. 1991) (quoting Leigh v. Nat’l Aeronautics & Space Admin., 860 F.2d 652, 653 (5th Cir. 1988)). 3 10 11

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