Widen et al v. Menu Foods et al

Filing 16

MDL CONDITIONAL TRANSFER ORDER. Case transferred to District of New Jersey and assigning to Honorable Noel L. Hillman, Case No. 07-cv-2867. Documents transmitted as requested. (Attachments: # 1 Letter from District of New Jersey)(tg)

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HANSEN J. ,I ANDANTHONY SCIRICA, UDGES TRANSFER ORDER T h i s litigation preseutlyconsistsof thirleen rctirtrrsli$ted on thc anachcdSchcdule urd A p e t r d i n g eightdisriot* ar ftrllows: live actionsifl theWcstcrhDistrictof Washington; aotions in two and onc action cachirr the flentral District of Calilbrnia,thc i n the WesternDistrict of Arkansns; the D i s t r i c tol'Connccliout, Southenr the the Disttiutuf Floritla, NorthcinDistrictof lllittois, District Boforctho Panclnrcdrreemotiols, pursuaul o f New.lemey, theEastern to and DistrictofTennessee. 2 8 U.S.C, $ 1407,that tnkcn toEcthcrscck ccrrtralization coor<iinated consolidiilal pretnal for or procccdiugs is ofallofthcsc actions.r rcspo[dilg parlies but A1l agee thatcorrtralir.ation apptopriatc, r l i f f e r regarding nrostappropriate the traDsferee districtlbr this litigation. In favorof thc District of I)istrict of N e r v Jersey transferee as rlistricl are moving Cenlralllistrict of'Calilbrnia and Southcrn F l o r i d aplaintill'sandplainlilTsirr thdDi$trictol Connecticut, D.istrict New Jersey, tlueeof the of aud potenlially t h eWcstem l)istrict of Washrngton actions bcfbrcthc Panel, wcll asplaintiffsin fourteen as r e l a t e r lactions. Plaintjffs in two of the five Westem Di.strictol' Washingtonactionsnrove for c c n t r a l i z a t i o n thc Westemltistrict of Wrrshinglon; plairrtill'sin thc EastcmDistrict of Teruressee in a c t i o usuppottcentralization therc;andplaintiffs in the olher duee WesternDistrict of Warrhington as a c t i o n saltenratively supportcentralizatiou thne, In fcvor of the Weslcnrl)islriot af ,,.rrkansas ar,tiofls rrndthe Northcrn t r a n s f e r erJistrict plaiutiffein tlretwoWestern e Dislrict are Distictof Arkansas o f Illinois astion, fld pldifltiffs in six poturtially relutctluotions.Pldintill'sin two potcntiallyrclatcd Llisttictof Arkansas, I ) i s t r i c t uf New Jersoy actiousrltomativclysupporl ccntrulizution llre Westerfl in Ihs Distristof lllimris asirarr$lerce districtareaJlrcsponding dcfcndants, S u p p o r t i f l g Ndrthenr including Ntenu |oods,lnc., andits rclfttcdcntitics,ald plaintift's inonc potcntially relatcdaction. hr favoroflhe C e n t r s lDistrict of Califomia as transferee dishict areplaintiffs in nine potentiallyrelatedactions. F i n d l l yplaintiflin a potentially , related Northenr DistricL Ohio ctionsuggests of cctrtralization the in N o n h c r nDistricl of Ohio. O n lhe basisof the pupersfilerl and huariug sessionheld, the Panel fiflds thrt thc actions in this ' Judge Miller did not palticipatein the decisionof this matter. Ftrrcl lruubr'cunotifictl of97 potr,nliully relrted uclionspcnrJing multiplc l'cdstaldiskicts. Ifi light in ofthis docket, will actions. a o f t h e Fanel's disposition theseactions be treated potentialtag-along as ,!e Rulcs 7 . 4 and7.5,R.P.,l.P.lvl.l,., F,R.I), (?001). I tl 425,435-36 'Thr: Dockets.Justia.com Case 5:07-cv-05055-RTD Document 16 Case 1:07-cv-02867-NLH-AMDDocument1 Filed 06/28/2007 Page 2 of 7 F i l e d06/2212007 Page2 of 3 of[act, ntrdthat ccntralization underScotion1407in thc District l i t i g a t i o ninvolvecomnron questions nnd will of o l ' N e w Jersey scrvcthc convcrricnce thcpurticsandwitnesses prumotcthejust andefficiout c o n d u c loI thc litiglrtiol. All astiofissternliom lhc rccallof pct food productsallegedlytaintedby products.Centtalization undcr mclamine foundinwheatglutdfliffiportcdfromChinaandusedin theso prttrial rulingo, avoidinconsistont in duplicative discovery; Section 1407is rrecesrary ordcrtocliminate aud lhe ofthc patics, tlreiroounsei to certification; conserve resourccs and e s p e c i f l J lwith respcct class y judiciary. thc translctccforum for this A l t h o u g h sevcraldistricts could bc dcscribctla$ an appropriate to nationwide litigation,we arepersuadod sdlectlhe Districl of Ncw Jersey.Fretrialprnceedings iue are in advanciug well thereanrl rhout one{hird of all pcndingactions already this district. listcdon thc the ORDERLD that,pursuant 28 U.S.C.$ 1407, actione to I T IS THEREFORE to A and pondingoutsidcthc District ofNew Jersey translbrrod thc District of are atiached Schedule of astignodto tho HonorabloNoel L, lfillmm for N c w Jorsry aud, witlr the oonoen! thut corLrt, pending pretrialprooaedings tho actions witlr therearrdlistedon Sohedule c o o r d i m t e d consolidulecl or I ; O R ' I ' H T iPANEL: etp-r-**tt-#lrl'WW m . 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