Back on April 16 the attorney’s for Erica Kinsman – who has alleged new Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston sexually assaulted her in 2012 – filed a civil suit against the former FSU star. On Wednesday, according to Patrick Nohe of Chopchat.com, “Jameis Winston’s legal team filed a motion in Orange county to remove the pending lawsuit against him to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division.”
To read Nohe’s full story and see a link to the motion, click here.
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Ho-hum! Wake me when it’s over! Zzzzzzz!
There is no motion–it is a Notice of Removal, and removal to federal court is automatic upon its filing. So the case is currently in federal court. It is Plaintiff’s burden to establish a reason why the case should be remanded back to state court. Consolidation with the FSU law suit is a separate motion that the Federal Court will have to decide on.
Additionally, while I think it is unlikely that it will be remanded back to state court because there does appear to be diversity jurisdiction, if it does, I am sure they will transfer venue from Orange County–which bears no relation to the case–I am assuming the conduct complained of took place in Leon County. I know Plaintiff’s Florida Counsel are in Orlando, so that probably explains why it was filed there.
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