United States District Court, S.D. Indiana, Indianapolis Division
STEVEN A. RAMOS AND IMAGINE & DISCOVERY, INC., Plaintiffs,
LUMIERE INDUSTRIES, LLC AND AGFA CORPORATION, Defendants.
JANE MAGNUS-STINSON, District Judge.
Plaintiffs filed their Complaint against Defendants alleging that this Court has diversity jurisdiction over their action. [Filing No. 1 at 1-2.] Plaintiffs properly set forth their citizenships, the citizenship of Defendant AFGA Corporation, and the amount in controversy, but allege that Defendant Lumiere Industries, LLC ("Lumiere") "is a Colorado limited liability company with its principal place of business in Littleton, Colorado." [Filing No. 1 at 1.]
Plaintiffs' allegations regarding Lumiere are insufficient to establish its citizenship because the "citizenship of an LLC depends on [the] citizenship of its members, traced through as many levels as necessary to reach corporations or natural persons." BouMatic, LLC v. Idento Operations, BV , 759 F.3d 790, 791 (7th Cir. 2014) (citing Cosgrove v. Bartolotta , 150 F.3d 729 (7th Cir. 1998)). The Court is not being hyper-technical: Counsel has a professional obligation to analyze subject-matter jurisdiction, Heinen v. Northrop Grumman Corp. , 671 F.3d 669 (7th Cir. 2012), and a federal court always has a responsibility to ensure that it has jurisdiction, Hukic v. Aurora Loan Servs. , 588 F.3d 420, 427 (7th Cir. 2009).
For these reasons, Plaintiffs are ORDERED to file an Amended Complaint by January 7, 2015, specifically setting forth jurisdictional allegations to establish ...