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Title Webcor Construction, Lp v. the Related Companies

November 8, 2011

TITLE WEBCOR CONSTRUCTION, LP
v.
THE RELATED COMPANIES, LP, ET AL.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Christina A. Snyder, U.S. District Judge

CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL

Present: The Honorable CHRISTINA A. SNYDER, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE

RITA SANCHEZ N/A N/A

Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder Tape No.

Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants:

N/A N/A

Proceedings: (In Chambers:) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE RE: WHY

ACTION SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION

INTRODUCTION

Plaintiff Webcor Construction, LP ("Webcor") filed a complaint in this Court against The Related Companies, LP; The Related Realty Group, Inc.; Related Grand Avenue, LLC; Related Grand Avenue Associates, LLP; Related Grand Avenue Associates, LLC; Grand Avenue LA, LLC; Grand Avenue LA Phase II, LLC; Grand Avenue LA Phase III, LLC; and Avenue of the States Associates, LLC (collectively, "defendants"). The complaint alleges claims for breach of contract, specifically, breaches of the Grand Avenue and Avenue of the Stars contracts; quantum meruit and unjust enrichment; promissory estoppel; failing to promptly pay in violation of Cal. Civ. Code § 3260.1; and breach of pretrial settlement.

Webcor, a California limited partnership alleges that the various entity-defendants are not citizens of California, thus, providing this Court with diversity jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332. Compl. ¶¶ 6--15. In describing defendants' respective citizenships, Webcor lists the jurisdictions under which each entity is organized and principal places of business, but does not list the citizenship of their members. Id.

DISCUSSION

Jurisdiction founded on diversity requires that parties be in complete diversity and the amount in controversy exceed $75,000. ...


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