Wesley v. Department of Veteran's Affairs et al
ORDER denying 5 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on April 25, 2017. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CASE NO. 4:17-CV-04013
VETERAN’S AFFAIRS, et al.
Before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion to Reconsider. ECF No. 5. Plaintiff asks the Court
to reconsider the order of the Honorable Barry A. Bryant transferring this matter to the United
States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Judge Bryant found that the Western
District of Arkansas was the improper venue and transferred the case to the Southern District of
Georgia in the interest of justice, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a). ECF No. 4.
When a case is transferred to a new district and “the papers are lodged with the clerk of
the transferee court, the transferor court and the appellate court for the circuit in which that court
sits lose jurisdiction over the case and may not proceed further with regard to it.” 15 CHARLES
ALAN WRIGHT, ARTHUR R. MILLER, EDWARD H. COOPER, & RICHARD D. FREER, FEDERAL
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE § 3846 (4th ed. 2013). In the present case, this matter was transferred
to the Southern District of Georgia on March 23, 2017. On March 24, 2017, the case was opened
in the Southern District of Georgia and given case number 1:17-CV-00035. The instant Motion
to Reconsider was subsequently filed on March 31, 2017. ECF No. 5. Thus, because the present
motion was filed after this case was transferred to and opened in the Southern District of
Georgia, the Court lacks jurisdiction over this matter and Plaintiff’s Motion to Reconsider should
Therefore, for the foregoing reasons, the Court finds that Plaintiff’s Motion to Reconsider
(ECF No. 5) should be and hereby is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 25th day of April, 2017.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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