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VENUE & INTEREST-OF-JUSTICE - EX PARTE WAYNE FARMS, LLC

Ex parte Wayne Farms, LLC, [Ms. 1150404, May 27, 2016] __ So. 3d __ (Ala. 2016). Here, in a plurality opinion, the Court grants a petition for a writ of mandamus ordering the Bullock Circuit Court to vacate its order denying a motion for a change of venue under the interest-of-justice prong of § 6-3-21.1, Ala. Code 1975. Even though the injured plaintiff resided in Bullock County and the alleged tortfeasor defendant conducted substantial business in Bullock County, the plurality concluded the circuit court exceeded its discretion when it denied a motion to transfer venue to Pike County, as that is where the injury occurred, most of the emergency personnel who responded are located, where plaintiff received medical care from several medical providers, and where the alleged tortfeasor conducted extensive business. Because “the overall connection between Bullock County and this case is weak and the connection between the case and Pike County is strong” ... “the interest of justice requires that the underlying action be transferred.” Ms. *15, citing Ex parte Autauga Heating & Cooling, LLC, 58 So. 3d 745 (Ala. 2010)

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