Premier Tool & Die Cast Corporation et al v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan

Filing 27

ORDER denying 13 plaintiffs' Sealed Motion for consolidation. Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh (MBea)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION PREMIER TOOL & DIE CAST CORPORATION and PREMIER TOOL & DIE CAST CORPORATION GROUP HEALTH PLAN, Plaintiffs, CIVIL ACTION NO. 12-15685 vs. HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN, Defendant. ______________________________/ 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 1 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 cases). -1- 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. s/Marcia Beauchemin Deputy Clerk -2-

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