Civil Action No. 9:17-CV-58.


United States District Court, E.D. Texas, Lufkin Division.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Cause: 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Civil Rights Act
Nature of Suit: 550 Prisoner: Civil Rights
Source: PACER

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David Lester Grohoske, Plaintiff, Pro Se.


ZACK HAWTHORN, Magistrate Judge.

Plaintiff David Lester Grohoske, a prisoner confined at the Michael 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 Loni Fontner, Sergeant Cunningham, Lieutenant Enge, Monicela Rendon, and an unidentified nurse.


The Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, et seq., under which this case is brought, does not contain a specific venue provision. Accordingly, venue in civil rights cases is controlled by 28 U.S.C. § 1391. Jones v. Bailey, 58 F.R.D. 453 (N.D. Ga. 1972); aff'd per curiam, 480 F.2d 805 (5th Cir. 1973).

When, as in this case, jurisdiction is not founded solely on diversity of citizenship, § 1391 provides that venue is proper only in the judicial district where the defendants reside or in which the claim arose. However, under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a), for the convenience of parties and witnesses and in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district where it could have been brought. Such a transfer may be done sua sponte and is reviewable only for an abuse of discretion. Mills v. Beech Aircraft Corp., 886 F.2d 758, 761 (5th Cir. 1989).

Plaintiff's claims arose at the Michael Unit in Anderson County, Texas, which is located in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas. The court has considered the circumstances and has determined that the interest of justice would be served by transferring the complaint to the Tyler Division. It is accordingly

ORDERED that this civil rights action is TRANSFERRED to the Tyler Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.


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