Premier Tool & Die Cast Corporation et al v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan
ORDER denying 13 plaintiffs' Sealed Motion for consolidation. Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh (MBea)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
PREMIER TOOL & DIE CAST
CORPORATION and PREMIER
TOOL & DIE CAST CORPORATION
GROUP HEALTH PLAN,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 12-15685
HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFFS’ SEALED
MOTION FOR CONSOLIDATION (DOC. # 13)
Before the court is plaintiffs’ motion for consolidation of the instant case with nine
related cases or–alternatively–to reassign this case to Judge Roberts as a companion
to other, older cases on her docket. All of the other courts to consider this request have
denied the motion for the reasons that they are without the authority to order the
consolidation, as the other cases are assigned to different courts, or order reassignment
absent the consent of Judge Roberts.1
While it appears that there are many potential benefits of a limited pre-trial
consolidation, there are alternate ways of scheduling discovery and motion deadlines in
this matter in order to realize the benefits of pretrial activities in related matters. Given
See, e.g., Judge Friedman’s order of February 12, 2013 in Terryberry Company,
L.L.C., et al. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, # 12-CV-15612 (Doc. # 19) (collecting
the orders already issued in at least four of the pending cases, the court will likewise
DENY the motion at this juncture.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: May 3, 2013
s/George Caram Steeh
GEORGE CARAM STEEH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
May 3, 2013, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
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