Klinker v. Furdiga et al
///SUMMARY ORDER re venue transfer. The clerk shall transfer this action to the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, and close the case here. So Ordered by Chief Judge Joseph N. Laplante.(jb)[Transferred from New Hampshire on 11/15/2012.]
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Civil No. 12-cv-11-JL
Leon Furdiga and
Plaintiff Zachary Klinker, a New Hampshire citizen and
resident, filed this negligence action against defendants Leon
Furdiga and Katherine Scanlan, citizens and residents of Vermont,
in this court.
Klinker seeks to recover for injuries suffered
when he slipped and fell from the roof of the defendants’
property, which (the parties confirmed at a hearing today) is
also located in Vermont.
Venue is not proper in this district.
The federal venue
statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b), provides:
A civil action may be brought in—
(1) a judicial district in which any defendant
resides, if all defendants are residents of the
State in which the district is located;
(2) a judicial district in which a substantial
part of the events or omissions giving rise to the
claim occurred, or a substantial part of property
that is the subject of the action is situated; or
(3) if there is no district in which an action may
otherwise be brought as provided in this section,
any judicial district in which any defendant is
subject to the court’s personal jurisdiction with
respect to such action.
As just discussed, neither defendant is a resident of this State;
both are residents of Vermont.
And none of the “events or
omissions giving rise to the claim occurred” in this State;
again, they occurred in Vermont.
Under §§ 1391(b)(1) and (2),
then, the District of Vermont, not this district, is the proper
venue for this action.
Where venue does not lie in this district, 28 U.S.C. §
1406(a) directs that the court “shall dismiss, or if it be in the
interest of justice, transfer such case to any district or
division in which it could have been brought.”
interest of justice would plainly be served by transferring the
case rather than dismissing it:
among other things, the statute
of limitations would bar the refiled action were the present case
dismissed, and defendants have not articulated any prejudice they
would suffer were the case to proceed in Vermont.
Though none of
the parties have moved to dismiss or transfer this case due to
the improper venue, “[i]t is well settled that a court may
transfer a case sua sponte pursuant to” § 1406(a).
Nynex Corp., 37 F.3d 1484, 1994 WL 577479, at *3 (1st Cir. 1994)
The clerk shall accordingly transfer this action
to the United States District Court for the District of Vermont,
and close the case here.
Joseph N. Laplante
United States District Judge
November 14, 2012
Michael F. Walsh, Esq.
Shawn F. Mullen, Esq.
J. Justin Sluka, Esq.
Andrew C. Boxer, Esq.