Lim v. Staples Inc et al
ORDER signed by Judge Lynn Adelman on 9/14/11 that this case be returned to the clerks office for random reassignment. See order. (cc: all counsel, via USPS to plaintiff)(dm)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
KHOR CHIN LIM,
Case No. 11-CV-00866
STAPLES INC., et al.
In this lawsuit, plaintiff sues several defendants including Bank Mutual Corporation,
Staples, Inc., and the Microsoft Corporation. First, plaintiff alleges that defendants engaged
in a conspiracy to deprive him of money he had deposited at a Bank Mutual bank branch in
Monona, Wisconsin. Second, plaintiff alleges that defendants tampered with and then refused
to allow plaintiff to return a laptop and software that he had purchased at a Staples store, also
in Monona, Wisconsin. By committing these acts, plaintiffs claims that defendants have
violated several federal and state laws. This case was assigned to my docket because plaintiff
listed it as related to two cases already pending before me: 11-cv-00708 and 11-cv-00748.
Under Civil L. R. 3(b),
Where the Civil Cover Sheet discloses a pending related civil action, the new civil
action will be assigned to the same judge. Factors to be considered in determining
whether the actions are related include whether the actions: (i) arise from substantially
the same transaction or events; (ii) involve substantially the same parties or property;
or (iii) involve the same patent, trademark, or copyright. The judge to whom the action
with the lower case number is assigned will resolve any dispute as to whether the
actions are related.
After considering the factors listed in the local rule, I find that this case is not related to either
11-cv-00708 or 11-cv-00748. Case number 11-cv-00708 alleges that a different group of
defendants conducted illegal electronic surveillance and spread toxic chemicals in plaintiff’s
studio apartment, and case number 11-cv-00748 alleges that yet another diverse group of
defendants engaged in a conspiracy to deprive him of his constitutional rights by misinforming
him as to the date and time of a hearing in a California court case. The only overlap between
the three cases is that Goh Chok Tong, a former Prime Minister of Singapore, and Scott
Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, are named as a defendants in all three cases. Otherwise,
each case presents a distinct set of factual and legal issues. Therefore, I find that this case
is not related to either 11-cv-00708 or 11-cv-00748.
For the reasons stated, IT IS ORDERED that this case be returned to the clerk’s
office for random reassignment.
Dated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this 14th day of September, 2011.
District Court Judge
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