I'm still doing a little reading about forum non conveniens for a brief I'm writing. Here are a few quotes from the Dowdy decision mentioned yesterday.
The Standard of Review. "The determination of a forum non conveniens motion lies within the sound discretion of the trial court. On review, the trial court’s decision will be reversed only if it can be shown that the court abused its discretion in balancing the relevant factors."
The Plaintiff's Right to Choose the Forum. "A plaintiff’s right to select the forum is substantial. Unless the factors weigh strongly in favor of transfer, the plaintiff’s choice of forum should rarely be disturbed."
The Plaintiff's Choice of Forum. "[T]he plaintiff's choice of a forum is not entitled to the same weight or consideration in all cases. When the home forum has been chosen, it is reasonable to assume that this choice is convenient. Similarly, when the site of the accident or injury is chosen, the choice is convenient because the litigation has the aspect of being 'decided at home.'"
In Dowdy, the application of the private and public factors resulted in the Court's decision that the case could be more conveniently litigated in another forum. In other words, the plaintiff lost despite the basic rules of law quoted above generally favoring a plaintiff's choice of forum.