Gonzalez v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc. et al

Filing 33

ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. DENYING 23 MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE. (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 LOUIE GONZALEZ, Case No. 16-cv-05678-HSG Plaintiff, 8 ORDER DENYING MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE v. 9 10 EXPERIAN INFORMATION SOLUTIONS, INC., et al., Defendants. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 Re: Dkt. No. 23 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 Experian Information 19 Solutions, Inc. has moved for the Court to consolidate more than 170 similar suits filed by 20 Plaintiff’s counsel and alleging violations of state and federal credit reporting laws. Dkt. No. 23. 21 On balance, the Court finds that any efficiency gained by having a single judge hear the suits 22 would be outweighed by the delay that would result from burdening a single judge’s chambers 23 with over 170 cases—on top of its existing caseload. Accordingly, the Court DENIES the motion 24 to consolidate. 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 1/4/2017 ______________________________________ HAYWOOD S. GILLIAM, JR. United States District Judge

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