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Ferrese v. Von Maur

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION


January 24, 2007

MARY FERRESE, PLAINTIFF,
v.
VON MAUR, INC., DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Although counsel for plaintiff Mary Ferrese ("Ferrese") invokes federal jurisdiction on diversity of citizenship grounds and Complaint ¶4 speaks in those terms, Complaint ¶1 speaks only in terms of Ferrese's residence. In that respect Held v. Held, 137 F.3d 998, 1000 (7th Cir. 1998), quoting Guaranty Nat'l Title Co. v. J.E.G. Assocs., 101 F.3d 57, 59 (7th Cir. 1996) teaches:

Of course, allegations of residence are insufficient to establish diversity jurisdiction. It is well-settled that "[w]hen the parties allege residence but not citizenship, the court must dismiss the suit."

But this Court is loath to saddle Ferrese (or her counsel) with another $350 filing fee because of that error (it seems likely, though not certain, that her state of citizenship coincides with her place of residence). If then Complaint ¶1 is properly amended on or before January 30, 2007,*fn1 this action will not be dismissed*fn2 --but if no such amendment is timely filed, this Court would be constrained to enter an order of dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.


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