and Submitted January 9, 2017 Pasadena, California
from the United States District Court for the Central
District of California, D.C. No. 8:14-cv-01675-JLS-AN
Josephine L. Staton, District Judge, Presiding
S. Marks (argued) and Yuriko M. Shikai, Neufeld Marks, Los
Angeles, California, for Plaintiff-Appellant.
Timothy D. Biche (argued), Diyari Vázquez, and Gerald
E. Hawxhurst, Crone Hawxhurst LLP, Los Angeles, California,
Before: Richard C. Tallman and Michelle T. Friedland, Circuit
Judges, and David A. Faber, [*] District Judge.
panel affirmed the district court's order dismissing Ayco
Farms, Inc.'s complaint under the doctrine of forum
panel held that in performing a forum non conveniens
analysis, the district court did not abuse its discretion by
comparing the proposed foreign forum (Mexico) with the forum
that the plaintiff actually chose (California), rather than
with the United States as a whole.
panel held that the district court did not err in affording
less deference to Ayco's choice to file a lawsuit in
California where Ayco had limited contacts with California.
panel held that the district court properly found that the
private interest factors strongly favored trial in Mexico,
and the public interest factors supported the foreign forum.
The panel concluded that the district court did not err in
balancing the private and public interest factors, and in
concluding that they strongly favored dismissal.
Farms, Inc. appeals the district court's order dismissing
its complaint under the doctrine of forum non
conveniens. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §
1291. Because we conclude that the district court applied the