IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
February 11, 2009
RAYMOND ADAMS PLAINTIFF,
HANSEN FOODS, INC. AND HARDEE'S FOOD SYSTEMS, INC., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert District Judge
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on its own initiative. The Court has an independent duty to ensure that it has subject matter jurisdiction to hear cases brought before it. Hammes v. AAMCO Transmissions, Inc., 33 F.3d 774, 778 (7th Cir. 1994); see also Cook v. Winfrey, 141 F.3d 322, 325 (7th Cir. 1998) (citing Crawford v. United States, 796 F.2d 924, 929 (7th Cir. 1986) ("[O]nce the district judge has reason to believe that there is a serious jurisdictional issue, he is obliged to resolve it before proceeding to the merits even if the defendant, whether as a matter of indolence or strategy, does not press the issue.")). Plaintiff's Complaint alleges that both Plaintiff and Defendant Hansen Foods, Inc. are citizens of Illinois. However, Plaintiff alleges federal jurisdiction is proper based on diversity of citizenship pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332. In response to this Court's Order to show cause why this case should not be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, counsel for Plaintiff has conceded that complete diversity of citizenship as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1332 does not exist. There being no other basis for federal jurisdiction, the Court hereby DISMISSES this case for lack of jurisdiction.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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