Marsh v. Brundage
ORDER - Defendant's Objection (Filing No. 10 ) to Plaintiff's request for a trial in North Platte, Nebraska is granted. Ordered by Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett. (KLF)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
ELDON D. MARSH,
This matter comes before the court on Defendant’s Objection (Filing No. 10) to
Plaintiff’s request for a trial in North Platte, Nebraska (Filing No. 9).
Upon removing the action to this court on December 20, 2017, Defendant requested
trial in Omaha, Nebraska (Filing No. 1 at p. 2), in accordance with this district’s local rules.
See NECivR 40.1(b) (“[T]he removing party at the time of filing a petition for removal
must request in writing trial in Omaha, Lincoln, or North Platte.”). On February 10, 2017,
Plaintiff filed a “Demand,” requesting a jury trial be held in North Platte, Nebraska.
(Filing No. 9).
This district’s local rules provide, “[T]he plaintiff in a removed action, within 14
days after service of the notice of removal, may file a written request for trial at Omaha,
Lincoln, or North Platte.” NECivR 40.1(b). “A request for a place different from that
requested by the . . . removing party must be filed as a motion.” Id. In deciding the place
of trial, “a judge considers the convenience of the litigants, witnesses, and attorneys.”
NECivR 40.1(b)(1). The party seeking to change the place of trial within this district
bears the burden of establishing that the transfer should be granted. See NECivR 40.1(b).
Plaintiff’s request for trial in North Platte did not comply with this the local rules set
forth above. Nor did Plaintiff offer any reason or evidence in support of the request.
Additionally, Defendant’s opposition to Plaintiff’s request demonstrates a trial in Omaha is
the more convenient location for the parties. In consideration of the above, the court finds
that the place of trial should remain in Omaha at this time. Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED: Defendant’s Objection (Filing No. 10) to Plaintiff’s request for
a trial in North Platte, Nebraska is granted.
DATED: February 14, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
s/ F.A. Gossett
United States Magistrate Judge
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