Lopez et al v. Aqui Es Texcoco, Inc. et al

Filing 30

ORDER Denying 28 Motion to Consolidate Cases for Trial and Adopt a Universal Scheduling Order. The hearing on this motion, scheduled for July 8, 2013, is vacated. Signed by Judge Roger T. Benitez on 6/27/2013. (knb)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 EDUARDO MALDONADO LOPEZ and ALEJANDRO LOPEZ FERREIRA, 12 13 14 15 16 vs. Plaintiffs, AQUI ES TEXCOCO, INC., FRANCISCO PEREZ, and DOES 110, inclusive, CASE NO. 12-CV-1215 BEN (WVG) CASE NO. 12-CV-2113 BEN (WVG) ORDER DENYING MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE CASES FOR TRIAL AND ADOPT A UNIVERSAL SCHEDULING ORDER Defendants. 17 18 19 20 AQUI ES TEXCOCO, INC., a California Corporation; FRANCISCO PEREZ, an individual, 25 Plaintiffs, vs. EDUARDO MALDONADO LOPEZ, an individual; ALEJANDRO LOPEZ FERREIRA, an individual; SANDRA CASTILLO, an individual; all defendants doing business as Aqui Esta Texcoco; AQUI ESTA TEXCOCO, a business entity; DOES 1 through 10, inclusive, 26 Defendants. 21 22 23 24 27 28 -1- 1 Before the Court is a motion to consolidate two cases for trial. The cases are: 2 Eduardo Maldonado Lopez et al. v. Aqui Es Texcoco, Inc. et al., U.S. District Court 3 Case No. 3:12-cv-01215-BEN-WVG (“the Wage case”), and Aqui Es Texcoco, Inc. 4 et al. v. Eduardo Maldonado Lopez et al., U.S. District Court Case No. 3:12 5 cv-02113-BEN-WVG ( “the Trademark case”). In the Wage case, Eduardo 6 Maldonado Lopez and Alejandro Lopez Ferreira assert claims for unpaid overtime 7 and other wages against defendants Aqui Es Texcoco, Inc. and Francisco Perez. In 8 the Trademark case, Aqui es Texcoco and Francisco Perez assert claims against 9 Eduardo Maldonado Lopez, Alejandro Lopez Ferreira, and others. That case 10 involves claims of trademark infringement, trade libel and trade secret 11 misappropriation. 12 Aqui Es Texcoco, Inc. and Francisco Perez request consolidation and adoption 13 of the Court’s scheduling order in the Trademark case for both actions. Currently, 14 the Wage case has a Final Pretrial Conference set for October 28, 2013, and the 15 Trademark case has a Final Pretrial Conference set for April 7, 2014. Discovery is 16 closed in the Wage case. 17 The extent to which the opposing parties support or oppose consolidation is 18 unclear. On June 12, 2013, counsel for Eduardo Maldonado Lopez, Alejandro 19 Lopez Ferriera, and others in the Trademark case filed a notice of joinder on his 20 clients’ behalf. On June 25, 2013, the attorney for Eduardo Maldonado Lopez and 21 Alejandro Lopez Ferriera in the Wage case opposed the motion on Lopez’s behalf 22 (the attorney stated that he had been unable to reach Ferreira). The Court need not 23 resolve this inconsistency. It declines to order consolidation. See CivLR 7.1.d.1 (“A 24 judge may, in the judge’s discretion, decide a motion without oral 25 argument.”) 26 The Court has discretion to consolidate cases that involve a “a common 27 question of law or fact.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 42(a); In re Adams Apple, Inc., 829 F.2d 28 1484, 1487 (9th Cir. 1987). However, “[w]here a case that is ready for or close to -2- 1 trial would be held up pending completion of pretrial proceedings in another case, 2 courts have consistently denied consolidation.” Antoninetti v. Chipotle Mexican 3 Grill, Inc., No 05-CV-1660-J WMC, 2007 WL 2669531, at *2 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 7, 4 2007). Because discovery has closed in the Wage case, and because the legal and 5 factual overlap between these cases is minimal, consolidation for the purposes of 6 trial is not appropriate at this juncture. The motion is denied. The hearing on this 7 motion, scheduled for July 8, 2013, is vacated. 8 IT IS SO ORDERED. 9 10 DATED: June 27, 2013 11 12 Hon. Roger T. Benitez United States District Judge 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -3-

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