In Re: Rolls Royce Corp., No. 14-30510 (5th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Rolls Royce petitioned the court for mandamus relief following the denial of its severance-and-transfer motion. The underlying litigation concerns the liability stemming from a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico. The court concluded that the district court erred in not considering Rolls Royce's forum-selection clause when conducting its severance-and-transfer analysis; there is no evidence indicating special administrative difficulties with severance, or that the interests of defendants not privy to the clause would be significantly threatened; such interests can be secured by the hand of an experienced federal trial judge with such devices as common discovery among separated cases and sequencing of any dispositive motions or trials; and, therefore, the court granted the mandamus petition, reversing and remanding with instructions to sever and transfer the claims against Rolls Royce.