Adams et al v. Schwarzenegger, et al
ORDER of Intradistrict Transfer from Sacramento (2:14-cv-1657 TLN CKD P) to Fresno (1:14-cv-1226 MJS) signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 8/5/14. (Kaminski, H)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
RICHARD ADAMS, et al.,
No. 2:14-cv-1657 TLN CKD P
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, et al.,
Plaintiffs, 57 current or former state prisoners proceeding through counsel, have filed a
civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiffs have paid the filing fee for this action.
The federal venue statute provides that 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 action, any judicial district
in which any defendant is subject to the court’s personal
jurisdiction with respect to such action.
28 U.S.C. § 1391(b).
Upon reviewing the complaint, the court finds that venue is more appropriate over this
civil action in the Fresno Division of this court. Plaintiffs’ complaint concerns their allegedly
unconstitutional placement, and retention, at “hyper-endemic prisons,” including Pleasant Valley
State Prison, and Avenal State Prison, where they were allegedly exposed to and contracted
Coccidioidomycosis or “Valley Fever.” Witnesses and the evidence necessary for the resolution
of plaintiffs’ claims would appear to be more readily available within the boundaries of the
Fresno Division of this court where all of the institutions at issue are located.
Moreover, there is an existing and previously-filed class action proceeding in the Fresno
Division of this court, Jackson, et al. v. State of California, et al., Case No. 1:13-cv-1055 LJO
SAB, concerning inmates’ exposure to “Valley Fever.” In fact, two other cases filed by
plaintiffs’ lawyers, Smith, et al. v. Schwarzenegger, et al., Case No. 2:13-cv-2254 DAD, and
Abukar, et al. v. Schwarzenegger, et al., Case No. 2:14-cv-1137 TLN KJN P, also concerning
inmates’ exposure to “Valley Fever,” have been transferred from this court to the Fresno Division
and related to the previously-filed Fresno class action.
For all the foregoing reasons, and in the interest of justice, the court transfers this action to
the Fresno Division of the court. See 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) and Local Rule 120(f).
Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. This action is transferred to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
California sitting in Fresno; and
2. All future filings shall reference the new Fresno case number assigned and shall be
United States District Court
Eastern District of California
2500 Tulare Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Dated: August 5, 2014
CAROLYN K. DELANEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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