James L. RANKINS III, Plaintiff-Appellant v. JOHN MCGOWAN WORKING PARTNERS, INCORPORATED Defendant-Appellee
Plaintiff James L. Rankins, III brought this pro se action against Defendant John McGowan Working Partners, Inc. in the Northern District of Texas, alleging that McGowan Working Partners committed unauthorized drilling for oil, gas, and minerals on several of Rankins’ properties. Below, the district court ordered Rankins to file an amended complaint, as Rankins’ initial complaint failed to “adequately allege diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332.” Rankins did so, but once again, Rankins failed to allege “any facts to show the place of incorporation and principal place of business of” McGowan Working Partners. Accordingly, the district court dismissed Rankins’ claims, and Rankins timely appeals.
“The burden of establishing federal jurisdiction rests on the party seeking the federal forum.”1 For diversity jurisdiction then, “the party asserting federal jurisdiction must ‘distinctly and affirmatively allege’ the citizenship of the parties.”2 “ ‘Failure adequately to allege the basis for diversity jurisdiction mandates dismissal.’ ”3 Rankins fails to meet his burden, as he does not plead the citizenship, place of incorporation, or principle place of business of McGowan Working Partners. Rankins’ opening brief does not address diversity jurisdiction, and the record is likewise deficient. The district court therefore properly dismissed Rankins’ claims.
1. Howery v. Allstate Ins. Co., 243 F.3d 912, 919 (5th Cir. 2001).
2. Id. (quoting Stafford v. Mobil Oil Corp., 945 F.2d 803, 804 (5th Cir. 1991) ) (brackets removed).
3. Id. (quoting Stafford, 945 F.2d at 805).
PER CURIAM: * FN* Pursuant to 5th Cir. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5th Cir. R. 47.5.4.