Smith v. Brown et al
ORDER directing the Clerk to immediately transfer this case to the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Hot Springs Division. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 2/26/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
No. 4:13-cv-71 KGB-JTR
MARY BROWN, Warden, Omega Unit,
Arkansas Department of Correction, et al.
Plaintiff Anthony Smith is a prisoner in the Omega Center of the Arkansas Department of
Correction. Mr. Smith has filed a pro se § 1983 complaint alleging that defendants have denied him
constitutionally adequate medical care.
The federal venue statute provides that, in a case that is not based on diversity jurisdiction,
venue is proper in the judicial district where “any defendant resides” or “a substantial part of the
events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred.” 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). The events giving rise
to this action occurred at the Omega Unit, which is located in Hot Spring County, Arkansas.
Similarly, defendants reside in Hot Spring County.
Hot Spring County is located in the Hot Springs Division of the United States District Court
for the Western District of Arkansas. The Court concludes that the interest of justice will best be
served by transferring this case to the Hot Springs Division of the Western District of Arkansas. See
28 U.S.C. § 1406(a) (“The district court of a district in which is filed a case laying venue in the
wrong division or district 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”).
Accordingly, this case is immediately transferred to the United States District Court for the
Western District of Arkansas, Hot Springs Division.
SO ORDERED this 26th day of February, 2013.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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