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Blue Ocean Printing, Inc. v. Twin Sisters Productions

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


December 6, 2011

BLUE OCEAN PRINTING, INC.
v.
TWIN SISTERS PRODUCTIONS, LLC

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable James V. Selna

CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL

Present: The Honorable James V. Selna

Karla J. Tunis Not Present Deputy Clerk Court Reporter Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants:

Not Present Not Present Proceedings: (In Chambers) Order to Show Cause re Jurisdiction

The Court has made a preliminary review of the jurisdictional allegations in

Complaint, filed

X Notice of Removal ("Notice") filed November 10, 2011

by Twin Sisters Productions, LLC ("Twin Sisters").

The initial pleading appears to invoke jurisdiction Court on the basis of diversity of citizenship, 28 U.S.C. § 1332. (Notice, ¶ 7 .) Jurisdiction on this basis requires complete diversity.

The following party to the action is alleged to be a limited liability company ("LLC"):

Twin Sisters Productions, LLC

For purposes of diversity jurisdiction, an LLC takes on the citizenship of each of its members. Johnson v. Columbia Properties Anchorage , LP, 437 F.3d 894, 899 Cir. 2006); Cosgrove v. Bartolotta, 150 F.3d 729, 731 (7th Cir. 1998); Keith v. Black Diamond Advisors, Inc., 48 F. Supp. 2d 326, 329-30 (S.D. N.Y. 1999). In order to determine diversity, the Court must consider the citizenship of each LLC member, and if a member is an LLC, the citizenship of its members. Presently, the Court cannot tell if jurisdiction has been properly invoked.

Twin Sisters is ordered to file an amended initial pleading within 15 days identifying each member of the LLC and the member's citizenship and principal place of business as the date of the filing of the initial pleading. If any member is itself an LLC, the same information shall be provided for each subtier member, and if need be, for each successive subtier.

A failure to respond may result in remand of the case to the Superior Court of the State of California for lack of jurisdiction.

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