Mantissa Coporation v. Ondot Systems, Inc. et al, 4-15-cv-01133 (TXSD July 26, 2017, Order) (Palermo, MJ)
Friday, July 28, 2017
Prejudice Irrelevant to Waiver of Venue Analysis Under TC Heartland
Following the Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Grp. Brands LLC, 137 S. Ct. 1514 (2017), the court denied defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings that venue was improper and rejected defendant's argument that there was no waiver because plaintiff was not prejudiced. "[Defendant] contends that 'waiver typically requires a showing of prejudice to the other party' and that '[plaintiff] will not be prejudiced by a change in venue given the substantial amount of work that remains' to be done in this case. . . . Courts have found prejudice to be a relevant consideration in determining whether waiver by implication has occurred, but [defendant] cites no apposite caselaw holding that prejudice is relevant to waiver under the express terms of Rule 12. The Court therefore declines to consider whether [plaintiff] would suffer prejudice from a transfer of venue in this case."