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I'm trying to understand the distinction between jurisdiction and venue. I think any federal district court would have jurisdiction over a matter I'm considering both under federal question and diversity jurisdiction. (Diversity because the amount in question is over $75,000, and parties live in three different states within three different federal districts.)

As I currently understand venue, that would start out to mean the federal district court I might file a complaint in as a plaintiff. One of the potential defendants has connections in his or her local state court, which I want to avoid. Would it make sense to file in the federal district court most convenient to me? I guess defendants can then apply to have venue moved to some other federal court more convenient to them, which they may succeed in. (Any specific rules about that would be interesting.)

Are there other reasons to prefer initial filing in one federal court vs. another? For example, might a shorter backlog of cases lead to preferring one district to another for a civil case? If so, where would one find what the backlogs are?

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