Friday, June 22, 2018

Seven Month Delay Alone Does Not Waive Venue Challenge

The court granted defendant's motion to transfer for improper venue and rejected plaintiff's argument that defendant waived its venue challenge. "Plaintiff does not appear to challenge the contention that venue in this Court is improper. Rather, Plaintiff argues that . . . Defendant forfeited its privilege to challenge venue by waiting nearly seven months after the [TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Grp. Brands LLC, 137 S. Ct. 1514 (2017)] decision to file its motion. . . . [D]espite Defendant’s delay in filing the instant motion, Plaintiff cites no undue prejudice caused by the delay; nor can the Court discern any such prejudice to Plaintiff. Specifically, there has been no additional motion practice, an initial pretrial conference has not yet been scheduled, discovery has not yet commenced, and no trial date has yet been set."

Blue Rhino Global Sourcing, Inc. v. Sky Billiards, Inc. d/b/a Best Choice Products, 1-17-cv-00069 (NCMD June 20, 2018, Order) (Biggs, USDJ)

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