A Cautionary Tale On Diversity Jurisdiction From The 6th Circ. 1 A Cautionary Tale On Diversity Jurisdiction From The 6th Circ.

A Cautionary Tale On Diversity Jurisdiction From The 6th Circ.

By Lauren Snyder and Charles Loeser (August 22, 2022, 5:38 PM EDT) — One of the core civil procedure lessons law students learn is that to invoke a federal court’s diversity jurisdiction, litigants must have complete diversity, i.e., no plaintiff and no defendant must be citizens of the same state.[1]

When the parties are individuals, that’s easy: If each party on one side of the “v.” is from a different U.S. state than every party on the other side, then there is complete diversity.

It’s more complicated when an entity is involved: Corporations are citizens of the state in which they are incorporated as well as their principal place of business,[2] while limited liability…