United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division
September 11, 2014
Marsha Ruddell Brown, Plaintiff,
BMW OF North America, LLC, and Bay- ERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AG, Defendants.
Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, Judge United States District Court Southern District of Indiana
The Court has issued two Orders directing Plaintiff to file an Amended Complaint due to defects in her jurisdictional allegations. [Filing No. 5; Filing No. 17.] Her Second Amended Complaint adequately alleges that diversity jurisdiction is proper, [Filing No. 18 at 1-2], but Defendant BMW of North America, LLC filed an Answer stating that it "is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of [the] allegations" regarding Plaintiffs citizenship and denies certain allegations regarding its own citizenship, [Filing No. 21 at 2]. Defendant Bayerische Motoren Werke AG ("BMW AG") has not filed an Answer, presumably because it has a Motion to Dismiss for Insufficient Service of Process pending. [Filing No. 24.]
The Court has an independent obligation to ensure that it possesses jurisdiction. See Thomas v. Guardsmark, LLC, 487 F.3d 531, 533 (7th Cir. 2007). Therefore, before this case proceeds any further, the Court must resolve the outstanding jurisdictional issues. Accordingly, the Court requests the Magistrate Judge to hold a conference with the parties to determine the most efficient way for the jurisdictional disagreements to be resolved, whether via briefing, a hearing, or otherwise.