Plaintiff filed this putative class action in state court alleging that defendant Sirius XM had unlawfully exploited certain audio recordings made before February 15, 1972 by duplicating and broadcasting those audio recordings through its satellite and internet radio service. Sirius XM removed this case to federal court. Before the Court was Sirius XM's motion to transfer venue to the Southern District of New York, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a). The Court denied the motion.
In analyzing the motion, the court considered multiple factors -- some neutral, some favoring transfer, and some against transfer. The factors were: Jurisdiction and Venue in the Southern District of New York; Convenience of the Parties and Party Witnesses; Convenience of Third Party Witnesses and the Availability of Compulsory Process; Relevant Agreements; Familiarity with the Governing Law; Plaintiff’s Choice of Forum; The Parties’ Contacts with the Chosen Forum; Contacts Relating to Plaintiff’s Causes of Action in the Chosen Forum; Differences in the Cost of Litigation; Access to Sources of Proof; Relevant Policy of the Forum State; Relative Court Congestion; Local Interest in Having Localized Controversies Decided at Home; Unfairness of Burdening Citizens in an Unrelated Forum; and The Interest of Justice. After considering these factors, the Court concluded that transfer was not warranted. "Many of the transfer factors are neutral. As to the factors that carry weight one way or the other, several factors related to efficiency and convenience weigh toward transfer. However, California’s interest in having a novel question of state law decided at home, as well as the slight weight given to Plaintiff’s choice of forum, weighs against transfer."