Chatton v. Unknown Defendants

Filing 3

MEMORANDUM OPINION and ORDER. It is ordered that this civil rights action is TRANSFERRED to the Lufkin Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Signed by Magistrate Judge Christine L. Stetson on 7/2/24. (kcv)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS BEAUMONT DIVISION TOMMIE RAY CHATTON § VS. § UNKNOWN DEFENDANTS § CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:24-cv-259 MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER Plaintiff Tommie Ray Chatton, an inmate confined at the Lewis Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division, proceeding pro se, filed this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against several unidentified Defendants. Discussion 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 the defendants reside or in which the claim arose. Under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a), for the convenience of parties and witnesses and in the interests of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where it could have been brought. The actions allegedly taken by Defendants took place at the Lewis Unit, which is located in the Lufkin Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Plaintiff’s claims therefore arose in the Lufkin Division. Moreover, Defendants, who are employed at the Lewis Unit, appears to reside in the Lufkin Division. The court has considered the circumstances and determined that the interest of justice would be served if the complaint were transferred to the division in which the claims arose. It is accordingly ORDERED that this civil rights action is TRANSFERRED to the Lufkin Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. SIGNED this the 2nd day of July, 2024. ___________________________________ Christine L Stetson UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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