514 F2d 721 Liles v. Riblet Products of Louisiana Inc

514 F.2d 721

Thomas C. LILES, Plaintiff-Appellant,
RIBLET PRODUCTS OF LOUISIANA, INC., et al., Defendants-Appellees.

No. 74-1353.

United States Court of Appeals,
Fifth Circuit.

June 13, 1975.

Troy E. Bain, Shreveport, La., for plaintiff-appellant.

Benjamin C. King, Shreveport, La., for defendants-appellees.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.


(Opinion March 14, 1975, 5 Cir., 509 F.2d 804).

Before TUTTLE, WISDOM and GOLDBERG, Circuit Judges.


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On petition for rehearing, Liles contends that "even if Riblet Products of Louisiana is entitled to immunity of the Louisiana Revised Statute 23:1032, he still has a claim against American Employers Insurance Company for coverage provided to Larry Larkin." Liles' complaint, as we observed before, did not name Larkin as a defendant. It is true, as the appellant points out, that it is not necessary to name Larkin as a defendant in order to assert a claim against American Employers as Larkin's insurer under the Louisiana Direct Action Statute, LSA-R.S. 22:655. Liles' complaint, however, also failed to allege that American Employers was obligated under a policy that provided coverage of claims against Larkin as well as against his employer, Riblet Products. Nor did it otherwise give notice that American Employer's was being sued as Larkin's insurer. Such averments are necessary, at least, to show the district court's jurisdiction over the subject of the claim. See Rule 9, Fed.R.Civ.P.; 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c). Liles' claim against Larkin or against American Employers Insurance Company in its capacity as Larkin's insurer was not, therefore, raised by the pleadings, was not passed on by the district court, and is not properly before this court on appeal.


The petition for rehearing is denied.