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Gooch v. Doris

United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division

May 13, 2019

BROCK ALLEN GOOCH, #312 460, Plaintiff,
v.
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER DORIS (NURSE), et al., Defendant.

          RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE

          Susan Russ Walker United States Magistrate Judge.

         I. INTRODUCTION

         Plaintiff, Brock Gooch, a state inmate, initiated this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action on May 8, 2019. Plaintiff challenges an alleged denial of medical care and the conditions of confinement to which he was subjected during his incarceration at the Colbert County Jail. The Colbert County Jail is in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is within the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Upon review, the court finds this case should be transferred to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under 28 U.S.C. § 1406.[1]

         II. DISCUSSION

         A 42 U.S.C. § 1983 “action may be brought in - (1) a judicial district in which any defendant resides, if all defendants are residents of the State in which the district is located; (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred . . .; or (3) if there is no district in which an action may otherwise be brought as provided in this section, any judicial district in which any defendant is subject to the court's personal jurisdiction with respect to such action.” 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b). The law further provides that when a case is filed “laying venue in the wrong division or district” the court may, “if it be in the interest of justice, transfer such case to any district . . . where it could have been brought.” 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a); see also 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) (“For the convenience of parties and witnesses, in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district . . . where it might have been brought[.]”)

         The Colbert County Jail is within the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The actions about which Plaintiff complains occurred in the Northern District of Alabama, and a majority of material witnesses and evidence associated with those claims relevant to Plaintiff's allegations are in the Northern District of Alabama. Under these circumstances, the claims asserted by Plaintiff are beyond the venue of this court. It is clear from the face of the complaint that the proper venue for this cause of action is the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

         In light of the foregoing, the court concludes that in the interest of justice and for the convenience of the parties, this case should be transferred to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama for review and disposition.[2]

         III. CONCLUSION

         Accordingly, it is the RECOMMENDATION of the Magistrate Judge this case be TRANSFERRED to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a).

         It is further

         ORDERED that on or before May 29, 2019, Plaintiff may file an objection to the Recommendation. Any objection must specifically identify the findings in the Recommendation to which Plaintiff objects. Frivolous, conclusive or general objections will not be considered by the District Court. Plaintiff is advised this Recommendation is not a final order and, therefore, it is not appealable.

         Failure to file a written objection to the proposed findings and recommendations in the Magistrate Judge's report shall bar a party from a de novo determination by the District Court of factual findings and legal issues covered in the report and shall “waive the right to challenge on appeal the District Court's order based on unobjected-to factual and legal conclusions” except upon grounds of plain error if necessary in the interests of justice. 11th Cir. R. 3-1; see Resolution Trust Co. v. Hallmark Builders, Inc., 996 F.2d 1144, 1149 (11th Cir. 1993); Henley v. Johnson, 885 F.2d 790, 794 (11th Cir. 1989).

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