Mandamus Compelling Trial Court to Rule on Venue Motion


Ex parte RM Logistics, Inc., [Ms. 2180137, Jan. 11, 2019] __ So. 3d __ (Ala. Civ. App. 2019). (Thompson, P.J.; Pittman, Moore, and Donaldson, JJ., concur; Thomas, J., concurs in the result). The court issues a writ of mandamus to the Walker Circuit Court directing the court to rule on the defendant’s motion to transfer venue in this workers’ compensation action as “expeditiously as possible.” Ms. *7. While the court declined to order the circuit court to dismiss or transfer the action, the court applied recent Supreme Court authority that “‘[v]enue is a threshold matter, and, as a general rule, a trial court should rule on a motion alleging improper venue as expeditiously as possible.’” Ms. *6, quoting Ex parte Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co., [Ms. 1171081, Nov. 16, 2018] __ So. 3d __, __ (Ala. 2018)(some internal quotation marks omitted).

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