Venue – Bessemer Division of Jefferson Circuit Court


State of Alabama v. Jay’s Charity Bingo, et al., [Ms. SC-2023-0313, Apr. 19, 2024] __ So. 3d __ (Ala. 2024). The Court (Bryan, J.; Parker, C.J., and Shaw, Wise, Sellers, Mendheim, Stewart, Mitchell, and Cook, JJ., concur) reverses the Jefferson Circuit Court’s (Bessemer Division) order dissolving eight temporary restraining orders (“TROs”) entered by the Birmingham Division and dismissing the actions in which the TROs were entered.

The Court holds “[t]he Bessemer Division erroneously dismissed the actions based on an incorrect conclusion that the Birmingham Division had lacked jurisdiction over the actions. In accordance with this Court’s precedent, the Birmingham Division properly transferred the actions to the Bessemer Division upon concluding that the Bessemer Division is the proper venue for the actions. Therefore, contrary to the apparent conclusion reached in its judgments, the Bessemer Division properly has jurisdiction over the actions and, under Rule 65(b) [Ala. R. Civ. P.] and §12-11-11 [Ala. Code 1975], is required to conduct a hearing regarding the State’s motions for preliminary injunctions.” Ms. *13.

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