United States District Court Southern District of New York
June 11, 2012
EVIATAR MOR, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: John G. Koeltl, District Judge:
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
The Court has received the attached letter from the defendant.
The defendant notes that it is incorporated in Liberia and has its principal place of business in Florida. The defendant should explain to the Court whether it is an alien for the purpose of diversity because it is incorporated in Liberia. See Corporacion Venezolana de Fomento v. Vintero Sales Corp., 629 F.2d 786, 790 (2d Cir. 1980) ("[E]ven assuming such dual citizenship, the fact that alien parties were present on both sides would destroy complete diversity."). The defendant also notes that it is a limited liability corporation. The defendant should explain whether the Court must consider the citizenship of the defendants' shareholders for the purpose of diversity. See Catskill Litig. Trust v. Park Place Entmt. Corp., 169 F. App'x 658, 659 (2d Cir. 2006) (summary order) ("[T]he citizenship of a limited liability corporation is determined by reference to the citizenship of its members." (citing Handelsman
v. Bedford Village Assocs. Ltd. P/shipi 213 F.3d 48 1 51-52 (2d Cir. 2000)). The defendant should also explain to the Court the citizenship status of its shareholders.
The plaintiffs should notify the Court as to whether they are lawful permanent residents of the United Statesl and explain to the Court the status of their lawful residence in the State of New York l in compliance with the Court/s previous Order.
The parties should comply with this Order by June 18, 2012.
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