Government Employees Insurance Co. v. Burns

672 So. 2d 834 (1996)

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Government Employees Insurance Co. v. Burns

Florida District Court of Appeal
672 So. 2d 834 (1996)

Facts

Robert and Felisha Burns (plaintiffs) filed a negligence action against Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) (defendant) related to an automobile accident that occurred in Escambia County. The Burnses filed their action in Dade County, where GEICO had an office. GEICO did not dispute the propriety or convenience of the Burnses’ venue selection. At a hearing, the trial court in Dade County announced, citing the forum non conveniens doctrine, that it was transferring the Burnses’ action to Escambia County of its own volition and for its own convenience. The trial court did not provide the Burnses or GEICO with notice or the opportunity to be heard regarding the transfer. GEICO appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Gerstein, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Cope, J.)

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