Name of Assigned Judge Sitting Judge if Other or Magistrate Judge RONALD A. GUZMAN than Assigned Judge
This action is transferred to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (Peoria Division) for imposition of an initial filing fee and whatever other action the transferee court deems appropriate. The clerk shall not issue summonses unless the transferee court so directs. The case and all pending motions are terminated on this court's docket.
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The plaintiff, an Illinois state prisoner, has brought this pro se civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff claims that the defendants, health care providers at the Pontiac Correctional Center, violated the plaintiff's constitutional rights by acting with deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. More specifically, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants failed to detect or address obvious signs of kidney function irregularities until the plaintiff's disease reached end stage renal failure, requiring weekly dialysis for what might have been a once-curable condition. Without expressing an opinion as to the merits of the complaint, the court finds that venue does not lie in this judicial district.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b), a civil rights action under Section 1983 may be brought only in: (1) a judicial district where any defendant resides, if all defendants reside in the same state, (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred, or a substantial part of property that is the subject of the action is situated, or (3) a judicial district in which any defendant may be found, if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought.
The court discerns no basis for venue in this district. The events giving rise to this lawsuit took place at the Pontiac Correctional Center. Pontiac is in Livingston County, which is situated in the Central District of Illinois federal judicial district. See 28 U.S.C. § 93(b). Presumably, the defendants can be found in that district.
Venue does, therefore, exist in the Central District of Illinois and, given the particulars of this case, that district is clearly the most convenient forum for this action.
For the foregoing reasons, this action is transferred to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (Peoria Division) pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a) for imposition of an initial filing fee and whatever other action the transferee court deems appropriate. The clerk shall not issue summonses unless the transferee court so directs.
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