Coyle v. Equifax, Inc. et al

Filing 32

ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. DENYING 17 MOTION FOR CONSOLIDATION. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/4/2017)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 DOUGLAS COYLE, Case No. 16-cv-05675-HSG Plaintiff, 8 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR CONSOLIDATION v. 9 10 EQUIFAX, INC., et al., Re: Dkt. No. 17 Defendants. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 42 permits a court to consolidate actions if they “involve a 13 common question of law or fact.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 42. “The district court has broad discretion 14 under this rule to consolidate cases pending in the same district.” Inv’rs Research Co. v. U.S. Dist. 15 Court for Cent. Dist. of Cal., 877 F.2d 777, 777 (9th Cir. 1989). In considering a motion to 16 consolidate, a court “weighs the saving of time and effort consolidation would produce against any 17 inconvenience, delay, or expense that it would cause.” Huene v. United States, 743 F.2d 703, 704 18 (9th Cir.), on reh’g, 753 F.2d 1081 (9th Cir. 1984). Here, Defendant Equifax, Inc. has moved for 19 the Court to consolidate more than 170 similar suits filed by Plaintiff’s counsel and alleging 20 violations of state and federal credit reporting laws. Dkt. No. 26. On balance, the Court finds that 21 any efficiency gained by having a single judge hear the suits would be outweighed by the delay 22 that would result from burdening a single judge’s chambers with over 170 cases—on top of its 23 existing caseload. Accordingly, the Court DENIES the motion to consolidate. 24 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 1/4/2017 ______________________________________ HAYWOOD S. GILLIAM, JR. United States District Judge

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