• January 18, 2011

Cato The Elder, a Roman spokesman, is said to have concluded all of his speeches on the Senate Floor with, “Carthago delenda est” (Carthage must be destroyed).  The message finally got through.  This is why “the study of Carthaginian history is often problematic” and why Catholicism is a world religion while Carthoginism is a made-up word.

We cannot attribute Rome’s destruction of Carthage solely to Cato the Elder’s repetition but, on the other hand, Cato’s words reverberate 2,000 years later.  There is a place for repetition in achieving world domination (or compliance with court rules).

The U.S. District Court Judges of the District of Minnesota have a message of their own, repeated with regularity, for Minnesota civil litigators in federal court.

Federal subject matter jurisdiction for limited liability entities and partnerships (when seeking federal jurisdiction through diversity of citizenship) “pledenda est.” And here we go again.   U.S. District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle, Sr. explains in this ruling that the requirement is not an empty formality in the Eighth Circuit.

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