Pickett v. Williams etal
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER. This civil rights action is TRANSFERRED to the Dallas Division of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Signed by Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin on 1/31/17. (ljw, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
JODY WAYNE PICKETT
BRIAN WILLIAMS, ET AL.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 9:17-CV-12
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER
Plaintiff Jody Wayne Pickett, proceeding pro se, brings this civil rights action pursuant to
42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Brian Williams, Rockwall County, and unidentified defendants.
The Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, et seq., under which this case is brought, does not
contain a specific venue provision. Accordingly, venue in civil rights cases is controlled by 28
U.S.C. § 1391. Jones v. Bailey, 58 F.R.D. 453 (N.D. Ga. 1972); aff’d per curiam, 480 F.2d 805 (5th
When, as in this case, jurisdiction is not founded solely on diversity of citizenship, § 1391
provides that venue is proper only in the judicial district where the defendants reside or in which the
claim arose. However, under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a), for the convenience of parties and witnesses and
in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district where it
could have been brought. Such a transfer may be done sua sponte and is reviewable only for an
abuse of discretion. Mills v. Beech Aircraft Corp., 886 F.2d 758, 761 (5th Cir. 1989).
Plaintiff complains of events that occurred in Rockwall County, Texas. The events that form
the basis of the complaint did not occur within the Eastern District of Texas, nor do the defendants
reside here. As a result, the Eastern District of Texas is not the proper venue for this action. The
court has considered the circumstances and has determined that the interests of justice would be
served by transferring the case to the district where the claims arose. It is accordingly
ORDERED that this civil rights action is TRANSFERRED to the Dallas Division of the
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
SIGNED this the 31st day of January, 2017.
KEITH F. GIBLIN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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