Conville v. Department of Education
ORDER granting deft's 7 Motion to Dismiss or, alternatively, to Transfer; this action should be immediately transferred to the USDC for the Western District of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 12/15/11. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MICHAEL J. CONVILLE
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION, Secretary Arne Duncan
NO: 4:11CV00530 SWW
Plaintiff Michael J. Conville brings this action pro se under the Administrative Procedure
Act, 5 U.S.C. § 702, challenging a final decision by the Department of Education. Before the
Court is Defendant’s motion (docket entries #7, #8) to dismiss for improper venue pursuant to
Rule 12(b)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or, alternatively, for transfer to the
Western District of Arkansas. Plaintiff has filed a response in opposition (docket entry #9) and
the matter is ready for decision. After careful consideration, and for reasons that follow,
Defendant’s motion will be granted and the case will be transferred to the United States District
Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division.
The general venue statute applies in this case and provides that an action against an
agency or officer or employer of the United States may be brought in any judicial district in
which (1) a defendant in the action resides; (2) a substantial part of the events or omissions
giving rise to the claim occurred, or a substantial part of the property that is subject of the action
is situated; or (3) the plaintiff resides if no real property is involved in the action.
Defendant correctly asserts that no facts make venue appropriate in the Eastern District
of Arkansas: the Department of Education has no office in the Eastern District of Arkansas, the
events giving rise to Plaintiffs’ claim occurred outside of this judicial district, and Plaintiff
resides in Polk County, which is located in the Western District of Arkansas.
Title 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) provides: “For the convenience of the parties and witnesses,
in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or
division where it might have been brought.” Given Plaintiff’s pro se status, the Court finds that
transfer to the Western District of Arkansas, rather than dismissal, would best serve the interests
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant’s motion to dismiss or, alternatively, to
transfer (docket entry #7) is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this action should be immediately transferred to the
United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division.
IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 15th DAY OF DECEMBER, 2011.
/s/Susan Webber Wright
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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