United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Fort Wayne Division
OPINION AND ORDER
Collins, United States Magistrate Judge
January 10, 2017, Plaintiff Premier Truck Rental, LLC, filed
a complaint against Defendant One Source T&D, LLC,
alleging that this Court has diversity jurisdiction pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 1332. (DE 1). As to Plaintiff, the
complaint alleges: “All members of Premier are citizens
of the State of Indiana.” (DE 1 ¶ 1). The
complaint further alleges that Defendant is an Oklahoma
limited liability company with a principal place of business
in Oklahoma. (DE 1 ¶ 2).
jurisdictional allegations inadequately set forth the
citizenship of the parties. As the party seeking to invoke
federal diversity jurisdiction, Plaintiff bears the burden of
demonstrating that the requirement of complete diversity has
been met. Chase v. Shop'N Save Warehouse Foods,
Inc., 110 F.3d 424, 427 (7th Cir. 1997).
limited liability company's citizenship “for
purposes of . . . diversity jurisdiction is the citizenship
of its members.” Cosgrove v. Bartolotta, 150
F.3d 729, 731 (7th Cir. 1998). Thus, the Court must be
advised of the identity of each member of Plaintiff and
Defendant, and such member's citizenship. Hicklin
Eng'g, L.C. v. Bartell, 439 F.3d 346, 347 (7th Cir.
2006). Plaintiff cannot merely allege a “naked
declaration that there is diversity of citizenship” in
its complaint. Thomas v. Guardsmark, LLC, 487 F.3d
531, 533 (7th Cir. 2007); see generally Guar. Nat'l
Title Co. v. J.E.G. Assocs., 101 F.3d 57, 59 (7th Cir.
1996) (explaining that the court would “need to know
the name and citizenship(s)” of each partner for
diversity jurisdiction purposes). “[C]itizenship of
unincorporated associations must be traced through however
many layers of partners or members there may be.”
Meyerson v. Harrah's East Chi. Casino, 299 F.3d
616, 617 (7th Cir. 2002) (citations omitted).
Plaintiff is ORDERED to supplement the record on or before
January 25, 2017, by filing an amended complaint that
properly alleges the citizenship of the parties, tracing ...