Huot v. Montana State Department of Child and Family Services et al

Filing 8

ORDER. IT IS ORDERED that DV-17-45-BU-BMM-JCL and CV-17-46-BU-BMM-JCL are hereby CONSOLIDATED. CV-17-45-BU-BMM-JCL will serve as the lead case, and all future filing should be done in the lead case. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch on 7/26/2017. (ELL) Modified on 7/26/2017 to indicate that a copy was mailed to Pro Se Plaintiff by US Mail (ELL).

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FILED IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURJIUL 2 6 2017 FOR THE DISTRICT OF MONTANA Clerk, u s District Court District Of Montana BUTTE DIVISION Missoula SAFRON HUOT, CV 17--45-BU-BMM-JCL Plaintiff, ORDER vs. MONTANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES; et al., Defendants. On July 12, 2017, prose Plaintiff Sharon Huot filed a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and lodged her Complaint with the Court. (Docs. 1 & 2). On July 11, 2017, Plaintiff lodged identical Complaints with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Both of those cases were transferred to this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a), and assigned civil case number CV 17-46-BU-BMM-JCL. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 42(a), the Court may consolidate actions for trial or pretrial proceedings if the actions "involve a common question of law or fact." Because the Complaints filed in CV 17-46-BU-BMM-JCL are identical to the Complaint filed in the above captioned case, CV 17-45-BU-BMMJCL, consolidation is warranted. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that CV 17-45-BU-BMM-JCL and CV 17-46-BU-BMMJCL are hereby CONSOLIDATED. CV 17-45-BU-BMM-JCL will serve as the lead case, and all future filing should be done in the lead case. DATED this 26~ day of July, 2~ C.., •~ eremiah C. Lynch United States Magistrate Judge

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