(PS) Kent v. Office of the Inspector General et al

Filing 3

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Allison Claire on 2/18/21 TRANSFERRING this matter to the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. CASE CLOSED (Kastilahn, A)

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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 SAMUEL JAMES KENT, 12 13 14 15 16 No. 2:21-cv-0296 JAM AC PS Plaintiff, v. ORDER OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, Defendant. 17 18 19 20 Plaintiff, who is proceeding in pro se, has filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915. ECF No. 2. The federal venue statute provides that “[a] civil action in which a defendant is an officer 21 or employee of the United States or any agency thereof acting in his official capacity or under 22 color of legal authority, or an agency of the United States, or the United States, may, except as 23 otherwise provided by law, be brought in any judicial district in which (A) a defendant in the 24 action resides, (B) a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred, 25 or a substantial part of property that is the subject of the action is situated, or (C) the plaintiff 26 resides if no real property is involved in the action.” 28 U.S.C.A. § 1391(e)(1). 27 In this case, plaintiff resides in Portland, Oregon. The defendant is a United States 28 Agency located in Washington, D.C. ECF No. 1. Based on the contents of the complaint, no real 1 1 property is involved in the suit, and there is no indication that any event occurred within the 2 Eastern District of California. ECF No. 1 at 8. Therefore, plaintiff’s claim should have been filed 3 in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. In the interest of justice, a federal 4 court may transfer a complaint filed in the wrong district to the correct district. See 28 U.S.C. § 5 1406(a); Starnes v. McGuire, 512 F.2d 918, 932 (D.C. Cir. 1974). 6 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this matter is transferred to the United 7 States District Court for the District of Oregon. 8 DATED: February 18, 2021 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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