The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has made it easier for defense attorneys to move their clients’ cases out of the Eastern District of Texas.

The Oct. 25 mandamus opinion In Re: Volkswagen of America Inc. could stem the tide of tort suits filed in the district, which is popular with plaintiffs. The 5th Circuit ruled that a federal trial judge abused his discretion by not granting a defense motion to transfer venue to another district.