Johnson v. North Central Ohio Rehabilitation Center et al
ORDER TRANSFERRING VENUE to the Northern District of Ohio. Signed by District Judge Linda V. Parker. (TTho)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
ROBERT W. JOHNSON,
Civil Case No. 22-12094
Honorable Linda V. Parker
NORTH CENTRAL OHIO
TRAVIS B. STILLION, INDER
F. LEVESQUE, STEPHANIE L.
SCHOOLCRAFT, FISHEL, DOWNEY,
ALBRECHT & RIEPENHOFF LLP,
MADHU SINGH, LORI BARRERAS, J. RITA
MCNEIL DANISH, WILLIAM PATMON III,
ANGELA PHELPS-WHITE, CHARLIE WINBURN,
MIKE DEWINE and OHIO CIVIL RIGHTS
ORDER TRANSFERRING VENUE TO THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF
On September 6, 2022, Plaintiff filed a Complaint in this District against
Defendants, claiming employment discrimination. (ECF No. 1.) Plaintiff, who
resides in Watertown, New York, also submitted an application to proceed in
forma pauperis (“IFP”). (ECF No. 2.) According to Plaintiff, Defendants can be
found in Toledo, Ohio. (ECF No. 1 at Pg ID 5.)
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b), a civil action may be brought in:
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(1) a judicial district in which any defendant resides, if all
defendants are residents of the State in which the district
(2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the
events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred, or a
substantial part of property that is the subject of the
action is situated; or
(3) if there is no district in which an action may
otherwise be brought as provided in this section, any
judicial district in which any defendant is subject to the
court’s personal jurisdiction with respect to such action.
Where a case is filed in the wrong venue, the district court must dismiss it, “or if it
be in the interest of justice, transfer such case to any district or division in which it
could have been brought.” 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a).
No Defendant resides in Michigan. Instead, Defendants reside in Toledo,
Ohio, which is in Lucas County, Ohio. Lucas County falls within the Northern
District of Ohio, Western Division. 28 U.S.C. § 115(a)(2).
Plaintiff alleges discrimination in employment with Defendant North Central
Ohio Rehabilitation Center. (ECF No. 1 at Pg ID 7.) As such, it appears the
events giving rise to the current lawsuit occurred in Ohio. Notably, Plaintiff
attaches to his Complaint a Notice of Right to Sue from the Ohio Civil Rights
Commission. (Id. at Pg ID 6.) That notice informed Plaintiff that he could file a
civil action against the State of Ohio, Department of Youth Services, North Central
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Ohio Rehabilitation Center “in any State of Ohio court” with jurisdiction over the
For these reasons, the Court finds that venue of Plaintiff’s action is not
proper in this District.1 The Court further determines that it is in the interest of
justice to transfer this action to the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Ohio, Western Division. The Court makes no determination as to the
sufficiency of the Complaint or the merits of Plaintiff’s IFP application.
IT IS ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall transfer this action to the
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Linda V. Parker
LINDA V. PARKER
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: September 19, 2022
Plaintiff indicates in his initial filing that he is seeking a change of venue
(presumably to the current district) “due to conflicts of interests.” (Id. at Pg ID 2.)
However, he fails to explain what those conflicts are. In any event, the proper
procedure is for Plaintiff to file his action in the district where venue is proper and
then seek a change in venue pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1412.
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I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of
record and/or pro se parties on this date, September 19, 2022, by electronic
and/or U.S. First Class mail.
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