Anderson et al v. National Football League Management Council et al

Filing 38

ORDER Consolidating Cases. Case 13-882 Consolidated into Case 12-6386. (dtmS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/27/2013)

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Case3:13-cv-00882-WHA Document12 Filed03/27/13 Page1 of 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 LARRY CENTERS, et al., 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 No. C 13-882 WHA Plaintiffs, v. ORDER GRANTING UNOPPOSED MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, et al., Defendants. 15 / 16 17 By order dated March 13, this action was reassigned to the undersigned judge as related 18 to Courtney Anderson v. National Football League, No. 12-6386 WHA, and Aaron Schobel v. 19 National Football League, No. 12-06425 WHA. Plaintiffs in all three actions are former 20 National Football League players who filed suit to vacate an arbitration award in favor of 21 defendants National Football League Management Council, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New 22 York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. The parties participated in a consolidated arbitration 23 before Arbitrator Michael Beck, who issued one award on December 12, 2012. 24 On February 28, defendants’ motion to consolidate the Anderson and Schobel actions for 25 all purposes pursuant to Rule 42(a) was granted. The order noted that the two complaints were 26 filed on the same day and appear to be nearly identical copies of each other, albeit brought by 27 different plaintiffs. 28 On March 8, defendants moved to consolidate the above-captioned case with the Andereson and Schobel actions. Plaintiffs’ opposition or statement of non-opposition thereto Case3:13-cv-00882-WHA Document12 Filed03/27/13 Page2 of 2 1 was due by March 22. No response was received. Accordingly, and given the similarity of all 2 three complaints, including the factual allegations and relief requested therein, defendants’ 3 motion for consolidation is GRANTED. The lead action will be Case No. 12-6386 WHA. The 4 hearing set for April 18 is VACATED. 5 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. 7 8 Dated: March 27, 2013. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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