Diamond v Pandora Marketing
The many defendants – all of whom are citizens of California or have that state as a principal place of business – successfully moved to transfer the lawsuit to the Central District of California, on the federal statute codifying the common law doctrine of forum non conveniens providing for transfer to another federal district court where the defendant shows that on balance, convenience of the parties favors a different home for the litigation. The court noted that Diamond’s principal place of business is Nevada, a state that abuts California. Moreover, the court noted that the parties’ anticipated respective witnesses were concentrated in California. Finally, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic increased the danger of requiring the parties and witnesses from California to Florida.