Hill v. Baca et al
ORDER: For the reasons set forth in the attached order, the case shall be transferred to the Northern District of California. Original file, certified copy of transfer order, and docket sheet sent. ALL FILINGS ARE TO BE MADE IN THE TRANSFER COURT, DO NOT DOCKET TO THIS CASE. A copy of this order shall be mailed to the plaintiff at his address of record. Ordered by Judge John Gleeson on 7/1/2014. (Herling, Adam)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
- versus -
ISIDRO BACA, ABBVIE INC., et al.,
JOHN GLEESON, United States District Judge:
Charles Hill alleges in this pro se action that he was given drugs without being
notified of potential side effects while a patient at Napa State Hospital in Napa, California. 1 Hill
names as defendants numerous drug companies 2 and others, and claims that the drugs he was
administered gave him diabetes and hyperglycemia. He further claims that the failure to warn
him of these possible side effects violated various provisions of Nevada law as well as 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983, 18 U.S.C § 1962(2), Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, and the First,
Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments. For the reason discussed below, this
case shall be transferred to the Northern District of California.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b) a plaintiff may bring an action in:
(1) a judicial district in which any defendant resides, if all defendants are
residents of the State in which the district is located; (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 the 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.
Hill’s complaint is more difficult to read than most. This order is based on my best effort to figure
out the essence of his claims.
Many defendants are named throughout the complaint and are not listed in the caption.
28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). Although two of the defendants are alleged to reside in New York (Bristol
Meyers-Squibb and Pfizer), many of the other defendants are residents of different states, so §
1391(b)(1) is inapposite. Turning to § 1391(b)(2), it is the Court’s understanding that the events
giving rise to this suit – Hill being administered the drugs that he alleges resulted in his illnesses
– took place entirely in Napa, California. Napa is located in the Northern District of California,
28 U.S.C. § 84(a), accordingly, this Court is not the appropriate venue for this action.
As such, in the interest of justice, the Clerk of the Court is hereby directed to
transfer this action to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. 28
U.S.C § 1406(a). The Court offers no opinion on the merits of this action and the decision
regarding Hill’s application to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 is
reserved for the transferee court. The provision of Local Rule 83.1 that requires a seven-day stay
is hereby waived. The Clerk of the Court is directed to mark this case closed.
John Gleeson, U.S.D.J.
Dated: July 1, 2014
Brooklyn, New York
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