United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
February 7, 2014
KENNETH KLAYBOR, independent Administrator of the Estate of Matthew Klaybor, deceased, Plaintiffs,
FLOWERS BAKING COMPANY OF BATESVILLE, LLC, , Defendants.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
J. PHIL GILBERT, District Judge.
In light of Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals admonitions, see Foster v. Hill, 497 F.3d 695, 696-97 (7th Cir. 2007), the Court has undertaken a rigorous initial review of pleadings to ensure that jurisdiction has been properly pled. The Court has noted the following defect in the jurisdictional allegations of the Complaint (Doc. 2) filed by plaintiff: Kenneth Klaybor, independent administrator of the Estate of Matthew Klaybor, deceased.
For the purposes of diversity jurisdiction, an LLC's citizenship "is the citizenship of its members." Cosgrove v. Bartolotta, 150 F.3d 729, 731 (7th Cir. 1998). Accordingly, the proponent of federal diversity jurisdiction must plead the citizenship of each of the LLC's members.
The Court hereby ORDERS that plaintiff, Kenneth Klaybor, independent administrator of the Estate of Matthew Klaybor, deceased, shall have up to and including February 24, 2014 to amend the faulty pleading to correct the jurisdictional defect. See 28 U.S.C. § 1653. Failure to amend the faulty pleading may result in dismissal of this case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Amendment of the faulty pleading to reflect an adequate basis for subject matter jurisdiction will satisfy this order. Kenneth Klaybor, independent administrator of the Estate of Matthew Klaybor, deceased, is directed to consult Local Rule 15.1 regarding amended pleadings and need not seek leave of Court to file such amended pleading.
IT IS SO ORDERED.