Thursday, December 17, 2009


Groundhog Writ. The Federal Circuit has granted a petition for a writ of mandamus, ordering a case to be transferred out of the Eastern District of Texas to another venue after the district court had denied a motion to transfer. “The writ of mandamus is available in extraordinary situations to correct a clear abuse of discretion or usurpation of judicial power.” (p. 3.) However, it has been used rather frequently recently to get cases out of the Eastern District of Texas. As in the other recent transfer cases, there was no real connection between the case and Texas. Further, the Federal Circuit noted that the district court gave too much emphasis on the plaintiff’s choice of venue and not enough emphasis on local interest and on the location of sources of proof and witnesses.