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Vander Coltrane v. Midwest Coast Logistics

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


June 26, 2012

VANDER COLTRANE, PLAINTIFF,
v.
MIDWEST COAST LOGISTICS, INC. AND ABDI J. FARAH, INDIVIDUALLY, DEFENDANTS.

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

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Vander Coltrane ("Coltrane") has sued Midwest Coast Logistics, Inc. ("Midwest") and Abdi Farah ("Farah"), invoking diversity jurisdiction over a dispute stemming from a vehicular collision on an interstate highway in Missouri (although Complaint ¶4 identifies Coltrane as a resident of Columbia, Missouri, this Court assumes that he is a Missouri citizen as well).*fn1 It is clear that this action has nothing to do with Illinois except for Chicago being the asserted principal place of Midwest's business (Complaint ¶3). Indeed, no basis at all appears for exercising personal jurisdiction over Farah, who is identified as an Ohio citizen in Complaint ¶2. What is exceedingly plain is that even if (as may well be the case) the requisite diversity of citizenship exists, 28 U.S.C. §1391(b) makes this judicial district an improper venue for this lawsuit. Coltrane's attorneys are given until July 13, 2012 to file a statement justifying the filing of this action here, failing which this Court will dismiss both the Complaint and this action (without prejudice, of course, to suit being filed in an appropriate situs elsewhere).


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