Walker v. Norwest Corp.
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
108 F.3d 158 (8th Cir 1996)
The district court awarded sanctions against Massey, the Walkers’ attorney (plaintiff), for not only failing to plead complete diversity of citizenship but for actually pleading facts indicating there was not complete diversity of citizenship between the parties. The complaint that Massey filed asserted diversity jurisdiction since “the Plaintiff and some of the Defendants are citizens of different states.” The plaintiffs were citizens of South Dakota. Norwest (defendant) was a Minnesota corporation, and the complaint stated that many of the other defendants were South Dakota corporations.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Gibson, J.)