Advance Cable Company, LLC et al v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company
ORDER denying 33 Motion to Stay by Defendant The Cincinnati Insurance Company. Signed by District Judge William M. Conley on 7/26/2013. (arw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
ADVANCE CABLE COMPANY, LLC, and
PINEHURST COMMERCIAL INVESTMENTS, LLC,
OPINION AND ORDER
THE CINCINNATI INSURANCE COMPANY,
Defendant has asked for a stay of proceedings in this case pending disposition
of: (1) its motion to bifurcate, and (2) its motion to dismiss a related case pending in
this court. The request for a stay will be denied.
First, defendant argues that the court should stay the action while it decides the
motion to bifurcate. This issue is now moot, the court having decided today to partially
deny and partially reserve on that motion. (Dkt. #38).
Second, defendant argues that the court should stay this case until it determines
whether the case should be consolidated with a similar case also pending in this court.
Defendant has not actually filed a motion to consolidate, saying that it will do so as soon
as the court decides whether it has jurisdiction over the other case. While the two cases
appear to be good candidates for consolidation, defendant does not convincingly explain
why allowing this case to proceeded alone would create any inefficiencies or interfere
with a later consolidation. On the contrary, because they share many common issues, a
common defendant and common counsel, there is no reason defendant cannot prepare
for both cases at the same time, at least as to the common issues and facts that
predominate, regardless of whether the latter case ultimately proceeds here or in another
The remaining jurisdictional issues in the other case will be decided shortly,
allowing the consolidation question to be addressed sooner rather than later.
IT IS ORDERED that defendant The Cincinnati Insurance Company’s motion to
stay is DENIED.
Entered this 26th day of July, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
WILLIAM M. CONLEY
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