The answer to the titled questions is partially addressed in a 2019 opinion from the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi. The opinion is styled, MJ & JJ, LLC; dba Peacock Manor Apartments v. Clear Blue Specialty Insurance Company, et al.
After sustaining hurricane damage, Peacock sued Clear Blue, Madsen, Kneppers & Associates (MKA), Hylton Cruickshank, and Charles Jendrusch in State Court. Clear Blue removed the case to this Court based on diversity jurisdiction. Then they contend Cruickshand and Jendrusch should be dismissed. Peacock file a motion to remand.
The parties agree Cruickshank and Jendrusch are not diverse, but the MKA defendants contend they were improperly joined, thus, removal to Federal Court was proper.