Lane et al v. BHP Billiton Petroleum (Arkansas) Inc et al

Filing 21

ORDER granting 14 MOTION to Consolidate Cases 4:11CV00475, 4:11CV00476, 4:11CV00477, with LEAD CASE 4:11CV00474 and for appointment of interim class counsel; all pleadings are to be filed in the LEAD CASE; the Clerk is directed to administratively terminate this action. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 8/31/11. (vjt)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION STEPHEN HEARN, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated; JESSE and SUSAN FREY, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated; RANDY and JOYCE PALMER, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated; and SAM and APRIL LANE, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated v. PLAINTIFFS NO. 4:11CV00474 JLH (LEAD) NO. 4:11CV00475 JLH NO. 4:11CV00476 JLH NO. 4:11CV00477 JLH BHP BILLITON PETROLEUM (ARKANSAS), INC.; BHP BILLITON PETROLEUM (FAYETTEVILLE) LLC; CHESAPEAKE OPERATING, INC.; and CLARITA OPERATING, LLC DEFENDANTS ORDER The plaintiffs have filed motions for consolidation and appointment of interim class counsel in each of the above-numbered cases. Each of the motions is granted. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 42(a), the above-numbered cases are hereby consolidated. All pleadings, motions, and other documents will be filed in No. 4:11CV00474-JLH, using the style shown above. Emerson Poynter LLP and Wyly-Rommel PLLC are hereby appointed as interim class counsel pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(g)(3). The Clerk is directed to terminate administratively case Nos. 4:11CV00475, 4:11CV00476, and 4:11CV00477. IT IS SO ORDERED this 31st day of August, 2011. J. LEON HOLMES UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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