Variety Mart, Inc. v. Payment Processing Technologies, LLC et al
ORDER granting 13 Motion to Transfer Case. The action is transferred to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Signed by Chief Judge James C. Dever III on 6/6/2014. (Sawyer, D.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
VARIETY MART, INC.,
TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, and
NORTH AMERICAN BANCARD, LLC, )
On April23, 2014, defendants filed a motion to dismiss pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 12(b)(6) or, in the alternative, to transfer the action to the United States District Court for
the Northern District of Georgia under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a). See [D.E. 13]. On May 7, 2014,
Variety Mart, Inc. ("Variety Mart" or ''plaintiff') responded in opposition. See [D.E. 15]. On May
23, 2014, defendants replied. See [D.E. 16].
The contract in dispute contains a mandatory forum-selection clause requiring litigation "in
either the courts of the State of Georgia sitting in Fulton County or the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Georgia, and expressly agree[ing] to the exclusive jurisdiction of such
courts." [D.E. 14-1]
25. Variety Mart is a sophisticated business entity, had a duty to read the
contract carefully, and is bound by the contract even if it did not read it carefully. See, ~' Cara' s
Notions. Inc. v. Hallmark Cards. Inc., 140 F.3d 566, 567, 570-71 (4th Cir. 1998); see also Davis v.
Davis, 256 N.C. 468, 471-72, 124 S.E.2d 130, 133 (1962); Williams v. Williams, 220 N.C. 806,
809--10, 18 S.E.2d 364,366 (1942). Moreover, a district court should give a valid forum-selection
clause controlling weight absent "extraordinary circumstances." Atl. Marine Constr. Co. v. U.S.
Dist. Court for W. Dist. ofTex., 134 S. Ct. 568, 575 (2013). Here, the clause is enforceable, and the
dispute falls within the clause. Furthermore, no extraordinary circumstances exist that would
warrant refusing to enforce the mandatory forum-selection clause. See id. at 578-83.
Accordingly, the court enforces the mandatory forum-selection clause and GRANTS
defendants' motion to transfer venue under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) [D.E. 13]. See Atl. Marine Constr.
Co., 134 S. Ct. at 578-83; Jenkins v. Albuquerque Lonestar Freightliner. LLC, 464 F. Supp. 2d 491,
493-94 (E.D.N.C. 2006). The action is transferred to the United States District Court for the
Northern District of Georgia.
SO ORDERED. This 14_ day of June 2014.
~s c. DEVER m
Chief United States District Judge
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