Paul Weldon v. Dyer et al

Filing 56

ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASE, signed by District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on 06/12/14. LEAD CASE. Consolidated with 1:14-cv-00549-LJO-SAB. (Gonzalez, R)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 PAUL WELDON, Plaintiff, 10 11 12 JERRY DYER, et al., Defendants. PAUL WELDON, 15 16 17 18 ORDER CONSOLIDATING CASE v. 13 14 Case No. 1:13-cv-00540-LJO-SAB Case No. 1:14-cv-00549---SKO New Case No. 1:14-cv-00549-LJO-SAB Plaintiff, ORDER REASSIGNING AND CONSOLIDATING CASE v. ECONOMY TOWING, et al., Defendants. 19 20 21 Plaintiff Paul Weldon (“Plaintiff”) filed two actions: the first on April 15, 2013 and the 22 second on April 18, 2014. The complaints in both action are similar in that they both concern an 23 April 18, 2011 incident where Plaintiff was pulled over by police officer John Conlee and 24 Plaintiff’s car was towed. 25 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 42 provides that “[i]f actions before the court involve a 26 common question of law or fact, the court may . . . consolidate the actions. . . .” Fed. R. Civ. P. 27 42 (a)(2). “The district court has broad discretion under this rule to consolidate cases pending in 28 1 1 the same district.” Investors Research Co. V. U.S. Dist. Court for Cent. Dist. of California, 877 2 F.2d 777 (9th Cir. 1989). In determining whether to consolidate cases, “a court weighs the 3 interest of judicial convenience against the potential for delay, confusion and prejudice caused by 4 consolidation.” Southwest Marine, Inc. v. Triple A Mach. Shop, Inc., 720 F.Supp. 805, 807 5 (N.D. Cal. 1989). 6 These actions contain identical allegations involving the police officer and what is likely 7 to be the same towing company (identified as “Econo Towing” in one action and “Economy 8 Towing” in the other). There is little, if any, danger of delay, confusion or prejudice by 9 consolidating these actions. Further, consolidation will maximize the Court’s scare resources. 10 Therefore, consolidation of these actions is appropriate. 11 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 12 1. The Clerk’s Office is directed to reassign the following case to the docket of 13 United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill and United States Magistrate 14 Judge Stanley A. Boone: 15 a. shall be 1:14-cv-00549-LJO-SAB; 16 17 Weldon v. Economy Towing, No. 1:14-cv-00549---SKO, the new case number 2. The Clerk’s Office is directed to consolidate Weldon v. Dyer, Case No. 1:13-cv- 18 00540-LJO-SAB and Weldon v. Economy Towing, No. 1:14-cv-00549-LJO- 19 SAB; 20 3. lead case; and 21 22 Weldon v. Dyer, Case No. 1:13-cv-00540-LJO-SAB shall be designated as the 4. The parties are instructed to file all documents in Case No. 1:13-cv-00540-LJOSAB 23 24 25 26 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: /s/ Lawrence J. O’Neill June 12, 2014 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 27 28 2

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