Waits v. Wright's Glass Co., L.L.C. et al
ORDER granting 7 Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on February 18, 2016. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
EDWARD JESSE WAITS
Case No. 4:15-cv-04100
WRIGHT’S GLASS CO., L.L.C.;
WRIGHT’S GLASS CO, #2 L.L.C.;
LORIE PAGE; JOHNNY PAGE; and
JOHNATHAN P. PEDRON
Before the Court is Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss, or in the Alternative to Transfer for
Improper Venue. (ECF No. 7). Plaintiff has responded to the motion. (ECF No. 11). Defendants
have filed a reply. (ECF No. 12). The Court finds this matter ripe for its consideration.
Plaintiff filed his Complaint in the Western District of Arkansas, asserting that Defendants
wrongfully terminated his employment and wrongfully failed to pay him overtime compensation.
Defendants assert that venue is improper in the Western District of Arkansas because none of the
Defendants are residents of Arkansas and none of the events or omissions giving rise to Plaintiff’s
claim occurred in Arkansas. They assert that this action should have been brought in the Eastern
District of Texas. Plaintiff argues venue is proper in the Western District of Arkansas because he
is a resident of the state of Arkansas, he was terminated while in Arkansas, and that the damages
were incurred in Arkansas.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b), venue is proper in “(1) a judicial district where any defendant
resides, if all defendants reside in the same State, (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of
the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred . . . or (3) a judicial district in which any
defendant may be found, if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought.”
The Eighth Circuit has said that the Court must focus on the “relevant activities of the
defendant in the forum state, not on the effect of those activities on the plaintiff in the forum state.”
Steen v. Murray, 770 F.3d 698, 703 (8th Cir. 2014) cert. denied, 135 S. Ct. 2050 (2015). In this case,
all Defendants reside in the Eastern District of Texas. Plaintiff was employed at a store located in
the Eastern District of Texas. The actions of Defendant giving rise to this litigation, including
Defendants actions during Plaintiff’s employment and Defendants’ termination of Plaintiff, occurred
at the store in the Eastern District of Texas. Accordingly, the Court finds that a substantial part of
the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred in the Eastern District of Texas, and venue
is not proper in the Western District of Arkansas.
If a case is brought in a district where venue is improper under § 1391(b), the district 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.” 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a). The Court finds it in the interest of justice
to transfer this case to the Eastern District of Texas.
Accordingly, Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, or in the Alternative Transfer for Improper
Venue (ECF No. 7) is hereby GRANTED. The Clerk is directed to transfer this case to the Eastern
District of Texas for all further proceedings. 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a)
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 18th day of February, 2016.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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