Posted On: December 27, 2006 by

Judge Sleet Denies Transfer to E.D. Michigan in Automotive Seat Technology Dispute

<%media(20061227-Automotive technologies 06-187.pdf|Automotive Technologies Int�l, Inc. v. Am. Honda Motor Co., C.A. No. 06-187-GMS (D. Del. Dec. 21, 2006). )%>

The Court denied defendants� motions to transfer the action to the Eastern District of Michigan. Analyzing the situation under the public and private interest factors enumerated by the Third Circuit in Jumara, Judge Sleet found ATI�s reasons for bringing suit in Delaware (at least one defendant incorporated in DE, no more convenient forum, and a faster docket than E.D. Mich.) to be �rational and legitimate.� Op. at 3. As to docket speed, the Court noted that the District of Delaware appears to have a lower percentage of cases over three years old than the Eastern District of Michigan. Op. at 4 n.2.

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