San Francisco Technology Inc v. Twinlab Corporation

Filing 14

ORDER RE: 5 GRANTING MOTION TO TRANSFER VENUE. Signed by Judge Richard Seeborg on 3/21/11. (rslc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/21/2011)

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San Francisco Technology Inc v. Twinlab Corporation Doc. 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 **E-filed 3/21/11** IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 SAN FRANCISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC., Plaintiff, v. TWINLAB CORPORATION, Defendant. ____________________________________/ No. C 10-5576 RS ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO TRANSFER VENUE This action originated as part of a complaint against numerous defendants that was instituted as Case No. 09-6083 RS, but subsequently severed into separate proceedings for each defendant. Defendant Twinlab Corporation moves for transfer under 28 U.S.C. 1404(a) to the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7-1(b), this matter is suitable for disposition without oral argument, and the hearing set for April 7, 2011 is herby vacated. In opposing similar transfer motions in Case No. 09-6083 RS prior to the severance, plaintiff effectively admitted that absent a finding that joinder of all defendants in a single action was proper, there would be no basis to oppose transfer as to those defendants, such as Twinlab, who lacked meaningful connections to this forum. Given the Court's subsequent conclusion that plaintiff's Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 claims against each defendant must proceed separately, plaintiff has not opposed the present motion. Good cause appearing, transfer to the District of Utah is granted. In light of the conclusion that this matter should be transferred, it would be inappropriate to decide the merits of Twinlab's motion to dismiss. The Court notes, however, that plaintiff has expressed an intent to file an amended complaint. Whether or not such amended complaint would cure any purported deficiencies identified in the complaint, the parties are encouraged to attempt to reach a stipulation to permit its filing to avoid the necessity for the transferee court to expend resources in addressing the existing complaint and the present motion to dismiss. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 3/21/11 RICHARD SEEBORG UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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