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Federal Court Dismisses Class Action For Lack Of Diversity

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Davis v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., C.A. No. 06-128 KAJ, 2006 WL 3218707 (D. Del. Nov. 7, 2006).

Plaintiff, an incarcerated citizen of Nebraska, instituted a diversity-based class action for personal injuries allegedly sustained from lead poisoning from the soil in that state. Defendant, a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Nebraska, moved to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The Court dismissed the Complaint for lack of diversity under 28 U.S.C. § 1332 because both parties were citizens of Nebraska. The Court ruled that a corporation’s citizenship may be derived from its place of incorporation and its principal place of business.

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