MOORE, Circuit Judge:
On May 19, 1965, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commenced an action in the Southern District of New York against the petitioners, Golconda Mining Corporation and Harry F. Magnuson, a director and officer of Golconda, alleging that both defendants had engaged in violating Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
On July 9, 1965, the defendants moved that the action be transferred to the District Court for the District of Idaho, Northern Division, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a). This motion the District Court denied in an opinion dated September 29, 1965. On December 23, 1965, the defendants petitioned this court for a writ of mandamus directing the District Court to grant their motion to transfer the case to the District Court for the District of Idaho, Northern Division.
A petition for mandamus rather than a request for leave to appeal under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) is the proper procedure to seek review of a trial court's disposition of a § 1404(a) motion, challenged for abuse of discretion. See Olinick & Sons v. Dempster Bros., Inc., 364 F.2d 896 (2d Cir. 1966). However, as the Olinick case makes clear, when the District Court has considered the appropriate factors in deciding a § 1404(a) motion, we will issue mandamus only upon a demonstration, not of mere error, but of a clear-cut abuse of discretion.
We find no such abuse of discretion here. It is true that Hecla, Golconda, and Lucky Friday (now merged into Hecla) have their principal places of business in Idaho; that Golconda is an Idaho corporation, as Lucky Friday was until it merged into Hecla; that Hecla is a Washington corporation; that Magnuson resides in Idaho; and that many defense witnesses and records are to be found in Idaho. It is also true that the case might come to trial more quickly in Idaho than in the Southern District of New York. However, plaintiff's choice of forum is a factor to be accorded substantial weight, see Peyser v. General Motors Corp., 158 F.Supp. 526, 529 (S.D.N.Y.1958); it would be inconvenient for the SEC, which investigated the case from its New York office, to try the case in Idaho; Hecla and Lucky Friday stocks, during the times in question, were traded on the American Stock Exchange; more than half of the 82 investors for whom restitution is sought, all potential witnesses for the plaintiff, reside in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; and none of these investors live within the District of Idaho.
The District Court considered all of these factors in its careful opinion. While it might well have been proper to come to a contrary result on the same record, the denial of the motion to transfer was not such an abuse of discretion as to warrant issuance of the writ of mandamus.
Petition for writ of mandamus denied.
FRIENDLY, Circuit Judge (concurring):
I concur in the denial of mandamus, on the ground, stated in my concurring opinion in A. Olinick & Sons v. Dempster Brothers, Inc., that on petitioners' own showing we would be without power to issue it. I therefore do not reach the merits.