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Melder v. Allstate Corp., 04-30085

In an insurance dispute, plaintiff's motion for a remand to state court, claiming lack of subject matter jurisdiction, is denied where the sole non-diverse defendant is improperly joined.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/30/2005
  • Published 03/30/2005

Judges

  • RHESA HAWKINS BARKSDALE, Circuit Judge:, Before BARKSDALE, GARZA and DeMOSS, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Fifth Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Tom W. Thornhill (argued), Thornhill Law Firm, Slidell, LA, Kenneth M. Carter, Carter & Cates, New Orleans, LA, Michael C. Palmintier, deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & FrugĂ©, Cleo Fields, The Fields Law Firm, Baton Rouge, LA, for Plaintiffs-Appellants., Judy Y. Barrasso (argued), Celeste Ruth Coco-Ewing, Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans, LA, for Allstate Corp., Allstate Ins. Co., Allstate Indem. Co. and Allstate Life Ins. Co., Wayne J. Lee (argued), Rachel Wendt Wisdom, Samantha Paula Griffin, Stone, Pigman, Walther & Wittmann, New Orleans, LA, for State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., Faye Dysart Morrison, Simoneaux, Carleton, Dunlap & Olinde, Baton Rouge, LA, for State of LA.