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Thompson v. Greyhound Lines, Inc.

United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
2012 WL 6213792 (2012)


Facts

Thompson (plaintiff) purchased a ticket from Pensacola, Florida, to Tunica, Mississippi, from Greyhound Lines, Inc. (Greyhound) (defendant) on March 14, 2011. The ticket provided that Thompson would arrive in Tunica at 5:05 p.m. on March 15, 2011. Thompson left Pensacola on a Greyhound bus and arrived in Mobile just after midnight. Thompson was then directed to another bus, which was going to Jackson, Mississippi, operated by Colonial Trailways (Colonial) (defendant). The bus driver, Terry Reeves (defendant), told Thompson that another bus would take him to Tunica from Jackson. The bus planned to return to Mobile after stopping in Jackson. Thompson fell asleep, missed the stop in Jackson, and was returned to Mobile. Thompson sued Greyhound, Colonial, and Reeves in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, invoking diversity jurisdiction. Reeves was a Florida resident. Thompson alleged that he missed a court date due to the actions of Greyhound, Colonial, and Reeves. Greyhound moved to dismiss the action based on improper venue and for failure to state a claim.

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