Caravantes v. Strategic Materials, Inc.
ORDER signed by District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. on 7/20/17 granting 3 Motion to Change Venue and denying 4 Motion to Compel. CASE TRANSFERRED to Central District of California. (Kaminski, H)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
PEDRO CARAVANTES, on behalf of
himself and others similarly situated,,
STRATEGIC MATERIALS, INC., a
corporation; and Does 1 to 100,
Through the present action, Plaintiff alleges that his former employer, Strategic
Materials, Inc. (“Defendant”) failed to pay certain wages owed him and further failed to
provide the rest and meal periods required by the California Labor Code. Plaintiff also
alleges unfair business practices in violation of California Business & Professions Code
§17200, et seq. Plaintiff’s complaint, initially filed in Sacramento County Superior Court,
was removed to this Court on May 31, 2017 on grounds that because Plaintiff purports to
bring this matter not only on his own behalf but also on behalf of all others similarly
situated, his lawsuit comes within the purview of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005.
See 28 U.S.C. § 1332(d).
Defendant now moves to either dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint, or alternatively to
change venue of the proceeding, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1404 and 1406(a), on
grounds that both the events and circumstances at issue herein occurred in Los
Angeles, California, and that the case has no connection whatsoever to Sacramento
where it was filed, or to the Eastern District where it was subsequently removed. ECF
No. 3. Los Angeles is within the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the
Central District of California, rather than the Eastern District where this matter is
currently pending. Defendant further filed a Motion to Compel Arbitration (ECF No. 4) on
grounds that Plaintiff entered into an enforceable arbitration agreement.
On July 13, 2017, Plaintiff filed Statements of Non-Opposition both to Defendant’s
Motion for Change of Venue and to its Motion to Compel Arbitration. ECF Nos. 5, 6.
Given Plaintiff’s non-opposition to transfer, and good cause appearing therefor,
Defendant’s Motion to Transfer Venue (ECF No. 3) is GRANTED.1 The above-captioned
case is hereby transferred pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a) to the United States District
Court for the Central District of California.
Because venue in this district appears improper, however, the Court declines to
rule on Defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration (ECF No. 4) and accordingly DENIES
that Motion, without prejudice to its being refiled once this matter has been transferred to
the Central District.
The Clerk of Court is ordered to close this file here once that transfer has been
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: July 20, 2017
Because oral argument was not of material assistance, the Court orders this
matter submitted on the briefs. E.D. Cal. Local Rule 230(g).
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