Jones, Et Al v. Halliburton Company et al

Filing 31

ORDER granting 21 Motion to Change Venue. Ordered that this action is transferred to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas pursuant to 28 USC 1404(a) for the convenience of parties and witnesses and in the interest of justice. Signed by Judge Thad Heartfield on 7/24/07. (bjc, )

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Jones, Et Al v. Halliburton Company et al Doc. 31 Case 1:07-cv-00295-TH Document 31 Filed 07/24/2007 Page 1 of 3 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS BEAUMONT DIVISION JAM IE LEIGH JONES and JOSEPH DAIGLE, Pla intiffs , v. HALLIBU RTON COMPANY et al., D e f e n d a n ts . CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:07-CV-295-TH JURY ORDER OF TRANSFER PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. 1404(a) Before the Court is Defendants KBR, Halliburton, and OAS's Motion to Transfer Venue Under 28 U.S.C. 1404 [Clerk's Docket No. 21] filed June 11, 2007. Having considered the motion, response, and reply, the Court is of the opinion that the motion should be granted. I. BACKGROUND Plaintiffs Jamie Jones and Joseph Daigle currently live in Coronado Island, California. Defendant Halliburton Company is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Houston, Texas. Defendant Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (KBR) is incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Houston, Texas. Defendant Overseas Administrative Services (OAS) is incorporated in the Cayman Islands with its primary place of business in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Defendant Charles Boartz is believed to be a resident of the State of Florida. Plaintiffs bring a variety of claims in this action, including: (1) tort claims related to sexual Dockets.Justia.com Case 1:07-cv-00295-TH Document 31 Filed 07/24/2007 Page 2 of 3 harassment and assault Ms. Jones claims she experienced while working in Iraq for OAS; (2) sexual harassment and retaliation claims under Title VII based upon events Ms. Jones claims took place while she was working for KBR in Houston and for OAS in Iraq; (3) breach of contract claims with respect to an agreement made between Ms. Jones and OAS in Houston, Texas; and (4) fraudulent inducement claims arising from representations allegedly made when Ms. Jones was being recruited for overseas work and processed by KBR Technical Services, Inc. in Houston, Texas prior to her employment with OAS in Iraq. Defendants Halliburton, KBR, and OAS seek transfer of this action to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on the ground that a sufficient connection between the Eastern District of Texas and the claims alleged by plaintiffs is lacking. The Court agrees. II. FINDINGS The Court FINDS that the defendants have demonstrated that the private interest factors substantially weigh in favor of transfer to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. The Court FURTHER FINDS that the defendants have demonstrated that the public interest factors substantially weigh in favor of transfer to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. III. ORDER IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant KBR, Halliburton, and OAS's Motion to Transfer Venue Under 28 U.S.C. 1404 [Clerk's Docket No. 21] is in all things GRANTED. -2- Case 1:07-cv-00295-TH Document 31 Filed 07/24/2007 Page 3 of 3 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this action is hereby TRANSFERRED to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1404(a) for the convenience of parties and witnesses and in the interest of justice. SO ORDERED. SIGNED this the 24 day of July, 2007. ____________________________ Thad Heartfield United States District Judge -3-

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