Interesting case, in that the parties were diverse citizens, but the other party to the relevant contract (not a party to the case, however) was a tribe (Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation), so that defeated diversity jurisdiction.
This civil action for monetary relief brought by plaintiff CTGW, LLC against defendants GSBS, PC, Colvin Engineering Associates, Inc. and Spectrum Engineers, Inc. arises out of a dispute regarding the design and construction of Great Wolf Lodge resort and water park in Grand Mound, Washington. Plaintiff alleges that this court has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)(1), which applies to actions in which the plaintiff and the defendants are “citizens of different States” and the amount in controversy is more than $ 75,000. Plaintiff alleges that the parties are completely diverse and the matter in controversy exceeds $ 75,000. However, I conclude that because one of the members of plaintiff CTGW, LLC is an Indian tribe, diversity is destroyed. Therefore, I am dismissing this case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.