COP Coal Development et al v. ANR et al
MEMORANDUM DECISION and Order Consolidating Appeals from August 4, 2010 Order Approving Sale of Assets. Signed by Judge Ted Stewart on 09/13/2011. (tls)
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
C.W. MINING COMPANY and CHARLES
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND
APPEALS FROM AUGUST 4, 2010
ORDER APPROVING SALE OF
KENNETH A. RUSHTON, Trustee, et al.,
Case No. 2:10-CV-920 TS
This matter is before the Court on Trustee Kenneth A. Rushton’s (“Trustee Rushton”)
Motion to Consolidate Appeals from August 4, 2010 Order Approving Sale of Assets1 and Castle
Valley Mining and Rhino Energy’s Motion for Joinder.2
Through this Motion, Trustee Rushton seeks to consolidate four cases: CW Mining et al.
v. COP Coal Development et al., 2:10-CV-920- TS; Hiawatha Coal Company v. COP Coal
Docket No. 10.
Docket No. 13.
Development et al., 2:10-CV-921- TS; COP Coal Development et al. v. ANR et al., 2:10-CV922- TS; and ANR v. COP Coal Development et al., 2:10-CV-924- TS. None of the parties have
opposed Trustee Rushton’s Motion to Consolidate.
Consolidation of civil cases is governed by local rule DUCivR 42-1. Pursuant to
Any party may file a motion and proposed order to consolidate two or more cases
for hearing by a single judge if the party believes that such cases or matters
arise from substantially the same transaction or event;
involve substantially the same parties or property . . .;
call for determination of substantially the same questions of law;
for any other reason would entail substantial duplication of labor
or unnecessary court costs or dely if heard by different judges.
Here, Trustee Rushton has brought his Motion on the grounds that these cases all (1)
arise from the same order; (2) involve the same property; (3) call for determination of the same
questions of law; (4) seek review of the same findings of fact; (5) would entail substantial
duplication of time and effort on the part of the Court and the Trustee’s counsel; and (6) would
create a risk of inconsistent or conflicting decisions on the same issues.3 The remaining parties
to the above listed actions have either sought to join in Trustee’s Rushton’s Motion to
Consolidate,4 filed Notice of Non-Opposition to the Motion to Consolidate,5 or failed to object to
See Docket No 10, at 2.
Docket No. 13.
Docket Nos. 14 & 15.
For the reasons listed above and included in Trustee Rushton’s Motion, the Court will
grant the Motion and Consolidate the cases. Pursuant to DUCivR 42-1, the cases will be
consolidated into the case with the lowest number, CW Mining et al v. COP Coal Development
et al, 2:10-CV-920- TS. It is therefore
ORDERED that the Motion of Trustee Kenneth A. Rushton to Consolidate Appeals from
August 4, 2010 Order Approving Sale of Assets (Docket No. 10) is GRANTED. It is further
ORDERED that Castle Valley Mining and Rhino Energy’s Motion for Joinder (Docket
No. 13) is GRANTED. The Clerk of the Court is directed to consolidate cases Hiawatha Coal
Company v. COP Coal Development et al, 2:10-CV-921- TS; COP Coal Development et al v.
ANR et al, 2:10-CV-922- TS; and, ANR v. COP Coal Development et al, 2:10-CV-924- TS into
CW Mining et al v. COP Coal Development et al, 2:10-CV-920- TS.
DATED September 13, 2011.
BY THE COURT:
United States District Judge
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