Arroyo v. Mehrabi, et al.

Filing 17

ORDER Transferring Venue to the Sacramento Division of the Eastern District of California signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 06/21/2019. (Flores, E)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 RAFAEL ARROYO, JR., 12 13 14 15 No. 1:19-cv-00028-LJO-EPG Plaintiff, v. ORDER OF REFERRAL TO VDRP KARIM MEHRABI, et al., Defendants. 16 ORDER TRANSFERING VENUE TO THE SACRAMENTO DIVISION OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA (Doc. No. 15) 17 18 19 On June 13, 2019, the parties filed their Joint Report (Rule 26) for Scheduling Conference 20 (ECF No. 15). In the Joint Report, the parties stipulated to referral of this case to the Court’s 21 Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program (“VDRP”). (Id. at 5.) The Court accordingly refers this 22 case to VDRP. See Local Rule 271. 23 In the Joint Report (ECF No. 15), and during the June 20, 2019, scheduling conference, 24 Defendants also requested that this case be transferred to Sacramento, explaining that Sacramento 25 will be more convenient for both witnesses and counsel, and will decrease the costs of 26 prosecuting and defending this action. Plaintiff does not oppose the requested transfer. The Court 27 will accordingly exercise its discretion to grant the requested transfer of this case to the 28 Sacramento Division. See 28 U.S.C. § 1404(b) (“Upon motion, consent or stipulation of all 1 1 parties, any action, suit or proceeding of a civil nature or any motion or hearing thereof, may be 2 transferred, in the discretion of the court, from the division in which pending to any other division 3 in the same district.”); Local Rule 120 (“Whenever in any action . . . for other good cause, the 4 Court may transfer the action to another venue within the District.”). 5 IT IS ORDERED that: 6 1. This action is referred to the VDRP. 7 2. Within fourteen (14) days of this order, the parties shall contact the Court’s VDRP 8 administrator, Sujean Park, at (916) 930-4278 or SPark@caed.uscourts.gov, to start 9 the process of selecting an appropriate neutral evaluator. 10 3. The parties shall carefully review and comply with Local Rule 271, which outlines the 11 12 specifications and requirements of the VDRP. 4. No later than fourteen (14) days after completion of the VDRP session, the parties 13 shall jointly file their VDRP Completion Report, consistent with Local Rule 271(o). 14 5. Defendants’ unopposed request to transfer this action to the Sacramento Division is 15 16 granted. 6. The Clerk of the Court is directed to transfer this action to the Sacramento Division of 17 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California as soon as 18 reasonably possible. 19 20 21 22 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 20, 2019 /s/ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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