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Johnson v. Wells Fargo Bank

United States District Court, D. Massachusetts

October 30, 2014

CLARENCE D. JOHNSON, Plaintiff,
v.
WELLS FARGO BANK, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

DENISE J. CASPER, District Judge.

On September 15, 2014, Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley issued an Order for Reassignment and Report and Recommendation (Docket No. 13) recommending dismissal of this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). Magistrate Judge Kelley also denied plaintiff's motion seeking to have this action transferred to the Central Division in Worcester.

Now before the Court are plaintiff's (1) request for "all [of his] cases to be moved to Manhattan New York fed (sic) courthouse, " see D. 15, and (2) letter to the Court accompanied by Wells Fargo's response to Johnson's account inquiry. See D. 16. In these pleadings, Johnson does not expressly object to the Report and Recommendation, but instead requests that the instant case, as well as his other cases, be transferred to another federal court.[1]

Upon review of the pleadings in the case, this Court finds that Magistrate Judge Kelley's Report and Recommendation is well-founded. Simply put, plaintiff has not set forth any factual or legal basis from which this Court could find it has subject matter jurisdiction to review this case. The prior decision in Johnson v. Wells Fargo, No. 13-00419 (E.D. Va. Apr. 9, 2013) bars plaintiff's present suit under the doctrine of claim preclusion. Moreover, this Court finds that it would be futile to permit plaintiff any further opportunities to amend his complaint. Although a court may transfer a civil case to a different venue "[f]or the convenience of parties and witnesses, in the interest of justice....", 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a), this Court finds that transfer to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York is not appropriate.

Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that:

1) Magistrate Judge Kelley's Report and Recommendation is ADOPTED in its entirety;

2) Plaintiff's Motion to Transfer case to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (D. 15) is DENIED; and

3) This action is DISMISSED in its entirety. A separate Order for Dismissal shall enter.

SO ORDERED.


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