v. Bejvancesky et al
ORDER - Plaintiff's Motion for trial in Lincoln, Nebraska 7 is granted. The Clerk of Court shall amend the docket in this matter to reflect the place of trial is Lincoln, Nebraska. Clerk to reassign case to Lincoln. Plaintiff's MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMENDED MOTION AND AMENDED BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFF'S DESIGNATION OF TRIAL IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA 12 is denied as moot. Ordered by Magistrate Judge F. A. Gossett. (JAB)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT F O R THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA L O R I BEJVANCESKY, P l a i n t i f f, vs. A M B A S S A D O R HOLDING COM PANY, D efe n d a n t. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )
8 :1 0 C V 3 0 8 3 ORDER
P la in tif f filed this action in the District Court of Lancaster County, Nebraska, alleging v io la tio n s of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Defendant removed the case to federal court and r e q u e s te d that trial be held in Omaha. Now pending is the plaintiff's "MOTION AND BRIEF IN S UPPORT OF DESIGNATION OF TRIAL TO BE IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA AND OBJECTION TO D EFENDANT'S DESIGNATION OF OMAHA TRIAL LOCATION" (#7). Under NECivR 40.1(b)(1), the court must consider "the convenience of the litigants, w itn e ss e s, and attorneys" in resolving conflicting requests for place of trial. The motion was tim e ly filed under NECivR 40.1, and plaintiff has substantially complied with the re q u ire m e n ts of NECivR 7.0.1. The affidavit of counsel (#8-1), submitted in support of the plaintiff's motion, states th a t plaintiff resides in Lincoln and worked in defendant's facility in Lincoln; all the actions g iv in g rise to this action occurred in Lincoln; the primary witnesses in this case are located in Lincoln; plaintiff's counsel is located in Lincoln; and the defendant's registered agent and c o rp o ra te office is located in Nebraska City, Nebraska. In response (#11), the defendant complains that plaintiff did not strictly comply with th e local rules of practice and advises that the its primary witness, Debra Kuhn, resides in N e b ra sk a City, Nebraska and works in the defendant's corporate office in Nebraska City as th e Director of Human Resources. The defendant's corporate offices are 9.2 miles closer to
th e federal courthouse in Omaha than the federal courthouse in Lincoln, and defense counsel is located in Omaha. T h e convenience to the removing defendant's counsel does not support keeping trial in Omaha, Nebraska. For the plaintiff, her counsel, and the majority of potential witnesses, L in c o ln appears to be a more convenient location for trial. None of the underlying events o c c u rre d in Omaha. There has been no showing that any witness resides in Omaha or would s u f f e r particular burden by having to travel to Lincoln instead of Omaha for trial. The court finds that, upon consideration of all factors pursuant to NECivR 40.1(b)(1), th e place of trial should be Lincoln, Nebraska. I T IS ORDERED: 1 . P la in tif f 's Motion for trial in Lincoln, Nebraska (#7) is granted. 2 . T h e Clerk of Court shall amend the docket in this matter to reflect the place of trial is Lincoln, Nebraska. 3 . T h e Clerk of Court shall present this case to the Chief Judge for reassignment, in a c co rd a n c e with NEGenR 1.4(a)(2) and (3), for reassignment of this case to one of the p a rticip a tin g judges from the docket for which this case would be assigned on a random basis if it had originally been filed in Lincoln, Nebraska. 4 . P la in t if f 's MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMENDED MOTION AND AMENDED BRIEF
IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFF'S DESIGNATION OF TRIAL IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA (#12)
a s moot. D A T E D June 23, 2010. B Y THE COURT: s / F.A. Gossett U n ite d States Magistrate Judge -2-
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