United HealthCare Services, Inc., v. Renton

Filing 15

Judicial Referral for Purpose of Determining Relationship of Cases re 12-6197. Signed by Judge Claudia Wilken on 3/6/2013. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service, # 2 Certificate/Proof of Service)(ndr, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/6/2013)

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1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 3 4 UNITED HEALTH SERVICES, INC., No. C 12-6154 JSW Plaintiff, JUDICIAL REFERRAL FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING RELATIONSHIP OF CASES 5 6 7 v. DIANE RENTON, Defendant. 8 9 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 ________________________________/ UNITED HEALTH SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, 11 12 13 v. JULIE MEYER, Defendant. 14 15 16 No. C 12-6197 CW ________________________________/ Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 3-12(c), this Court, sua sponte, 17 refers the above referenced cases to Judge Jeffrey S. White to 18 consider whether they are related. 19 this referral, opposing or supporting relating the cases, within 20 four days of the date of this order, in briefs submitted in 21 accordance with the requirements set forth in Civil Local Rule 7- 22 11(b). The parties may respond to 23 The Court notes that, although the Defendants in these 24 actions are not the same individuals and it is not clear whether 25 the underlying state court and administrative actions concern the 26 same events, the arbitration policies at issue in both cases 27 appear identical and the Defendants appear to be collaborating in 28 some capacity on this issue. See, e.g., Urias Decl. ΒΆ 20, Docket 1 No. 4-2 in 12-6197, & Ex. P, Docket No. 4-5 in 12-6197 (joint 2 letter signed by both Defendants to Plaintiff disputing the 3 existence of an agreement to arbitrate and addressing arbitration 4 procedures). 5 appeared in the above cases personally or through counsel, the 6 Court notes that both are represented by the same attorney, 7 Michael Cohen, in some of their claims arising out of their former 8 employment with Plaintiff and appear to be representing themselves 9 pro se in other actions. In addition, although neither Defendant has yet Accordingly, it may be an unduly United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 burdensome duplication of labor and expense for both the parties 11 and the Court if the cases are conducted before different Judges. 12 IT IS SO ORDERED. 13 14 15 Dated: 3/6/2013 CLAUDIA WILKEN United States District Judge 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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