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EVAN LEE BLESSING v. SUNBELT RENTALS INC

Civil procedure — Venue transfer — Forum non conveniens

Evan Lee Blessing, appellant, was injured when a “Bobcat Mini-Excavator,” which he was operating at a construction site, in Montgomery County, “flipped over.” The excavator had been rented from appellee Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. (“Sunbelt”), a nationwide equipment rental company, at one of its Howard County stores. Notwithstanding the fact that Blessing resided in Talbot County; that the excavator had been rented at one of Sunbelt’s two Howard County stores; that the alleged negligent maintenance of that vehicle, which had purportedly caused the excavator to malfunction, had occurred in Howard County; and that he was operating that vehicle in Montgomery County, when the accident occurred, Blessing chose to bring an action for negligence in Prince George’s County, where Sunbelt, whose principal place of business was in South Carolina, had two equipment “rental locations.”

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