Hispanic Affairs Project, et al v. Perez, et al
ORDER granting 15 Joint Motion To Transfer This Case to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.All pending briefing deadlines are vacated.The telephonic motions setting conference set for Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) is vacated. By Judge Robert E. Blackburn on 9/22/2015.(mlace, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge Robert E. Blackburn
Civil Case No. 15-cv-01785-REB
HISPANIC AFFAIRS PROJECT, ET AL.,
THOMAS E. PEREZ, ET AL.,
ORDER GRANTING JOINT MOTION TO TRANSFER
The matter before me is the parties’ Joint Motion To Transfer This Case to the
United States District Court for the District of Columbia [#15],1 filed September 21,
2015. I have jurisdiction of this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 (federal question).
I grant the motion.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a), “[f]or the convenience of the parties and
witnesses, in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any
other district or division where it might have been brought.” Thus, the proposed
transferee district must be one in which the district court would have had original federal
jurisdiction over the action. See Continental Grain Co. v. The FBL-585, 364 U.S. 19,
21-22, 80 S.Ct. 1470, 1472, 4 L.Ed.2d 1540 (1960); Wedelstedt v. Law Offices of
Goldstein, Goldstein and Hilley, 2006 WL 241136 at *4-5 (D. Colo. Jan. 31, 2006).
“[#15]” is an example of the convention I use to identify the docket number assigned to a
specific paper by the court’s case management and electronic case filing system (CM/ECF). I use this
convention throughout this order.
The federal venue statute provides, inter alia, that “[a] civil action may be brought in a
judicial district in which any defendant resides, if all defendants are residents of the
State in which the district is located.” 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b)(1). Defendants here all are
official residents of the District of Columbia. Thus, this threshold requirement of section
1404(a) is satisfied.
The question thus becomes whether a transfer would satisfy the stated purposes
of the transfer statute: the convenience of the parties and the interests of justice. In this
instance both goals are served by a transfer. The parties concur that the District of
Columbia is a more convenient forum. Moreover, given the pendency of a related case
already before the D.C. district court, it appears to this court that a transfer would allow
a more efficient resolution of the matters raised by and inherent to plaintiffs’ motion for
THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED as follows:
1. That the parties’ Joint Motion To Transfer This Case to the United States
District Court for the District of Columbia [#15], filed September 21, 2015, is
2. That all pending briefing deadlines are vacated;
3. That the telephonic motions setting conference set for Thursday, September
24, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) is vacated; and
4. That this case is transferred to the United States District Court for the District
of Columbia (333 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001).
Dated September 22, 2015, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
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