IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
August 23, 2011
ROBERT LEWIS, PLAINTIFF,
CITY OF FRESNO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
On August 22, 2011, plaintiff filed a complaint and an application to proceed without preparing fees or costs, otherwise referred to as an application to proceed in forma pauperis.*fn1 Plaintiff's complaint alleges that an officer of the City of Fresno's police department used excessive force on plaintiff, and further alleges that the "location of the incident was a Chevron Gas Station located at 4811 Butler Ave, Fresno, CA." (Compl. at 3-4.)
Upon review of the complaint, the undersigned concludes that plaintiff should have commenced this action in the Fresno Division of this court pursuant to this court's Local Rule 120(d). See E. Dist. Local Rule 120(d) ("All civil and criminal actions and proceedings of every nature and kind cognizable in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California arising in . . . Fresno . . . [County] shall be commenced in the United States District Court sitting in Fresno, California . . . ."). Accordingly, the undersigned transfers this case to this court's Fresno Division pursuant to Local Rule 120(f). See E. Dist. Local Rule 120(f) ("Whenever in any action the Court finds upon its own motion, motion of any party, or stipulation that the action has not been commenced in the proper court in accordance with this Rule, or for other good cause, the Court may transfer the action to another venue within the District.").
For the foregoing reasons, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. This action is transferred to the Fresno Division of the Eastern District of California.
2. The Clerk of Court shall assign a new case number.
3. All future filings shall bear the new case number and shall be filed at: United States District Court Eastern District of California 2500 Tulare Street Fresno, CA 93721
IT IS SO ORDERED.