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J.A. Olson Co. v. City of Winona

United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
818 F.2d 401 (5th Cir. 1987)


Facts

J.A. Olson Company (Olson) (plaintiff) alleged federal subject matter jurisdiction based on diversity of citizenship. Olson sued the City of Winona (Winona) (defendant), which was incorporated in Mississippi. Olson was incorporated in Illinois and had various operations in Mississippi. Olson maintained its only manufacturing plant in Mississippi. Olson also made significant managerial decisions in Mississippi, including: employment, production, and account management decisions. Olson maintained bank accounts in Mississippi and was involved in various Mississippi organizations and associations. Olson was not a member of similar organizations or associations in other states. While Olson was headquartered in Illinois, the decisions made in Illinois were based on information derived from Mississippi. The district court held that Olson’s primary place of business was in Mississippi and dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction.

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