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E.D. Tex. Abused Discretion by Failing to Transfer Venue

In In re Volkswagen of America, Inc. (No. 07-40058), the Fifth Circuit has held that a district court sitting in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, abused its discretion by failing to transfer this product liability case to the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division.  The Fifth Circuit granted mandamus relief, concluding that the district court incorrectly applied the private and public interest factors relevant to transfer motions brought under 28 U.S.C. § 1404.

Update:  Per this order, the Fifth Circuit will rehear the case en banc.

D. Todd Smith
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D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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