Contracts often include a forum-selection clause. The clause typically states that any dispute arising out of the contract will be resolved in a designated state or by a designated court within the state. The clause protects a party from the inconvenience of being sued in a distant state.
On occasion, a lawsuit will involve two contracts with two different forum-selection clauses. In those cases, the court in which the lawsuit was filed must decide whether it should transfer the case to a different court. The recent decision in Lewis v. Jayco, Inc., No. 3:18CV00100 (Aug. 12, 2019 W.D. Va.) illustrates how that transfer decision might be made.
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