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Ledgard v. Webber

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 25, 2010

KEVIN B. LEDGARD, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ERIC WEBBER, GLENDALE (CA) POLICE DEPARTMENT, CITY OF GLENDALE (CA), DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Michael M. Anello United States District Judge

ORDER GRANTING UNOPPOSED MOTION TO TRANSFER VENUE [Doc. No. 8]

This civil rights matter is before the Court on Defendants Eric Webber, Glendale (CA) Police Department, and the City of Glendale (CA)'s Motion to Transfer Venue to the Central District of California pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) [Doc. No. 8]. Plaintiff Kevin B. Ledgard, proceeding pro se, has not filed an opposition to the motion. The Court took the matter under submission on the papers and without oral argument pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7.1.d.1 [Doc. No. 11]. For the following reasons, the Court GRANTS the motion.

DISCUSSION

This case arises out of events surrounding the criminal investigation and eventual arrest of Plaintiff by Detective Eric Webber of the Glendale, California Police Department. Plaintiff alleges that Defendants violated his Fourteenth, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. Defendants now request that the Court exercise its discretion under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) and transfer venue to the Central District of California, arguing that all relevant actions occurred in Los Angeles County, within the Western Division of the Central District, with the sole exception of Plaintiff's ultimate arrest.

"For the convenience of parties and witnesses, in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where it might have been brought." 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a). The Court finds that venue is proper in the Central District. Generally, there is a strong presumption in favor of the plaintiff's choice of forum. Ravelo Monegro v. Rosa, 211 F.3d 509, 513 (9th Cir. 2000). In addition, courts will generally not order a transfer unless the "convenience" and "justice" factors strongly favor venue elsewhere. Securities Investor Protection Corp. v. Vigman, 764 F.2d 1309, 1317 (9th Cir. 1985). Here, Plaintiff does not oppose the transfer, and Defendants sufficiently allege that the Central District provides a more convenient forum.*fn1 The Court has reviewed the pleadings in this matter, and agrees.

CONCLUSION

Based on the above-stated reasons, the Court GRANTS Defendants' motion. The Court hereby ORDERS this case transferred to the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Western Division) pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a).

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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