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IN RE ANTIBIOTIC ANTITRUST ACTIONS

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


August 7, 1971

In re Coordinated Pretrial Proceedings in ANTIBIOTIC ANTITRUST ACTIONS

Miles W. Lord, District Judge (By Assignment).

The opinion of the court was delivered by: LORD

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 71-11

ORDER TRANSFERRING "FARM CASES" TO THE DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA UNDER 28 USC SECTION 1404(a)

 MILES W. LORD, District Judge (By Assignment).

 On July 16 this court directed the parties in the actions listed on the attached Appendix A to show cause in writing on or before July 26, 1971, why said actions should or should not be transferred to the District of Minnesota pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 1404(a). The various pleadings and arguments of the parties with respect to the show cause order were considered at a hearing in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 28, 1971.

 The court has considered the arguments of defendants that the court lacks authority under 28 U.S.C. Section 1404(a) to accomplish this transfer. This argument is rejected for reasons substantially similar to those set forth in Administrative Order No. 71-5, 333 F. Supp. 299, dated May 14, 1971, pet. for mandamus denied, Pfizer & Co., Inc. v. Lord, 447 F.2d 122 (2d Cir.), pet. for rehearing denied, 449 F.2d 119 (July 13, 1971 2d Cir.). The court also has concluded that transfer would serve the "convenience of parties and witnesses, in the interest of justice." Indeed transfer of the farm cases to Minnesota seems to have been specifically contemplated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which in Footnote 8 of its Opinion and Order of December 2, 1970, stated, "In this way, Judge Lord can conduct pretrial proceeding in New York and can, upon completion of the pretrial proceeding, try the farm cases in Minnesota." The court notes that class leaders in the three principal farm classes originally filed their actions in the District of Minnesota and that no farm plaintiff has expressed any opposition to trying its action in that district. It is therefore ordered that all actions listed in Appendix A shall be transferred to the District of Minnesota under 28 U.S.C. Section 1404(a) upon completion of pretrial proceedings. APPENDIX A Anderson Cattle Co. v. American Cyanamid, et al. (Kansas, T-4659) 69 Civ. 5031 Louisiana Hatcheries Inc. v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (E.D. La., 70 Civ. 7000) 70 Civ. 5590 Edwards Bros. Milling v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (E.D.N.C., 2372) 69 Civ. 3899 Missouri Farmers Association v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (W.D. Mo., 17640-4) 69 Civ. 4261 Bernard Kay v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (S.D. Ohio 70-76) 70 Civ. 1409 Burgess Poultry Market v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (W.D. Tex., A-69-CA-108) 69 Civ. 4026 Carl F. Dodge & Marlea Dodge v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (N.D. Ill., 70 C 500) 70 Civ. 1306 A.C. Smith Poultry v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (N.D. Ga., 1293) 69 Civ. 5574 Balfour, Guthrie & Co. v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (N.D. Calif., 52342) 69 Civ. 4909 Jack England v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (W.D. Ark., ED-69-C-8) 69 Civ. 3772 Guy Phelps v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (N.D. Ala., 69-767) 69 Civ. 5684 Rutledge Ranch v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (N.D. Ala., 69-766) 69 Civ. 5683 Marshall Durbin Food v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (N.D. Ala., 3015-N) 70 Civ. 677 Kenneth Murray v. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc., et al. (N.D. Ala., 69-768) 69 Civ. 5685

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