Loften v. TDCJ-ID Administration et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION regarding venue. Signed by Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin on 3/30/2015. (bjc, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
JAMES ERIC LOFTED
TDCJ-ID ADMINISTRATION, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:15-CV-120
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING VENUE
Plaintiff, James Eric LOFTED, a prisoner currently confined at the Alfred Unit in Iowa Park,
Texas, proceeding pro se, brings this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against
defendants TDCJ-ID Administration and the Unit Mailroom.
The above-styled action was referred to the undersigned Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 636 and the Local Rules for the Assignment of Duties to the United States Magistrate Judge
for findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations for the disposition of the case.
Venue in a civil rights action is determined pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). When, as in
this case, jurisdiction is not founded solely on diversity of citizenship, 28 U.S.C. § 1391 provides
that venue is proper only in the judicial district where all the defendants reside or in which a
substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred.
Plaintiff complains actions taken by TDCJ officials at the Alfred Unit where he is currently
housed. The Alfred Unit is located in Iowa Park, Texas and it would appear a substantial part of the
events or omissions giving rise to his claims occurred in the Northern District of Texas, Wichita
Falls Division. Venue, therefore, is not proper in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.
When venue is not proper, the court “shall dismiss, or if it be in the interest of justice,
transfer such case to any district or division in which it could have been brought.” 28 U.S.C.
§ 1406(a). Plaintiff’s claims should be transferred to the Northern District of Texas, Wichita Falls
Division. An appropriate order so providing will be entered by the undersigned.
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SIGNED this the 30 day of _______________________________, 2015.
KEITH F. GIBLIN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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