Order consolidating cases
If pending cases involve a common child, common parties, or a common question of law or fact, the court may order a joint hearing or trial of any or all the matters at issue, or it may consolidate the cases.(b) Lowest Case Number.
If the court consolidates two or more cases, the first-filed case number will be the controlling case number, and the clerk must file all further filings under that number only.
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ORDER FOR CONSOLIDATION OF ACTIONS FOR PROCEEDINGS UNDERTHE ANTITRUST PROCEDURES AND PENALTY ACT, 15 U.
If the court consolidates cases in which a party in one case has filed a petition that substantially responds to an opposing party's petition in another case, the party's petition will be treated as a response to the opposing party's petition, unless the court orders a further response.
VAWA does not prohibit consolidation of cases, but Rule 5 does.
However, if a domestic relations case and a protective order case are joined for hearing, then the court must take great care to ensure that no references to the protective order are published on the court's public access website.
Pretrial Order #1 - February 29, 2012 (Initial Conference and Case Management) Pretrial Order #2 - March 29, 2012 (PSC Application Process) Pretrial Order #3 - April 9, 2012 (Initial Hearing - Participation by Telephone) Pretrial Order #4 - April 17, 2012 (Initial Hearing Summary - Counsel Structure, Procedural and Discovery Issues and Future Status Conferences) Pretrial Order #5 - April 24, 2012 (Status Conference) Pretrial Order #6 - May 4, 2012 (Revised PSC List) Pretrial Order #7 - May 16, 2012 (Change of Court Contact Information) Pretrial Order #8 - May 31, 2012 (Uniform Certificate of Service) Pretrial Order #9 - June 1, 2012 (Scheduling Future Status Conferences) Pretrial Order #10 - June 14, 2012 (Order Lifting Stay on Discovery) Pretrial Order #11 - July 30, 2012 (Stipulated Protective Order) Pretrial Order #12 - August 22, 2012 (Master and Short Form Complaint and Master Responsive Pleadings; Direct Filing) Pretrial Order #13 - August 30, 2012 (Stipulation for the Production of Documents and Electronically Stored Information) Pretrial Order #14 - August 31, 2012 (Amended Master Complaint and Master Responsive Pleadings; Direct Filing) Pretrial Order #15 - September 26, 2012 (New Direct Filing Order; Amended Master Complaint, Short Form Complaint, Amended Short Form Complaint and Master Responsive Pleadings) Pretrial Order #16 - September 26, 2012 (Scheduling & Rescheduling Future Status Conferences) Pretrial Order #17 - October 4, 2012 (Plaintiff Profile Forms, Plaintiff Fact Sheet, and Defendant Fact Sheets) Pretrial Order #18 - October 4, 2012 (Agreed Order Regarding Management of Timekeeping, Cost Reimbursement and Related Common Benefit Issues) Pretrial Order #19 - October 23, 2012 (Order Amending PTO #16, Scheduling & Rescheduling Future Status Conferences) Pretrial Order #20 - October 29, 2012 (Waiver of Service for Ethicon, Inc.
and Johnson & Johnson) Pretrial Order #21 - October 29, 2012 (Order Cancelling November 2, 2012, Status Conference) Pretrial Order #22 - November 2, 2012 (Order for Submission of Bellwether Trial Plan) Pretrial Order #23 - November 15, 2012 (Agreed Order Regarding Severance of Actions) Pretrial Order #24 - November 28, 2012 (Order Severing Actions Pursuant to PTO #23) Pretrial Order #25 - December 12, 2012 (Change to Signature and Initialing Requirements re: Plaintiff Profile Forms (PTO #17)) Pretrial Order #26 - December 17, 2012 (Revised Short Form Complaint and Amended Short Form Complaint re: Addition of Coloplast, et al.; Revised Motion to Transfer MDL) Pretrial Order #27 - December 20, 2012 (Correction to PTO #25, Change to Signature and Initialing Requirements re: Plaintiff Profile Forms (PTO #17)) Pretrial Order #28 - January 3, 2013 (Order Scheduling In Chambers Conference Regarding Docket Control Orders) Pretrial Order #29 - January 8, 2013 (Revised Short Form Complaint and Amended Short Form Complaint re: Removal of Analytic Biosurgical Solutions (“ABISS”)) Pretrial Order #30 - January 8, 2013 (Order Cancelling January 10, 2013, In Chambers Conference and Status Conference) Pretrial Order #31 - January 16, 2013 (Order Severing Actions) Pretrial Order #32 - January 18, 2013 (Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel Adva Med’s Response to Subpoena) Pretrial Order #33 - January 18, 2013 (DOCKET CONTROL ORDER) Pretrial Order #34 - January 22, 2013 (Order Updating Leadership Counsel Contact Information for MDLs 2187, 2325, 2326, 23) Pretrial Order #35 - January 23, 2013 (Order Scheduling Future Status Conferences) Pretrial Order #36 - January 24, 2013 (Transfer to District of Columbia of Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Adva Med's Response to Subpoena) Pretrial Order #37 - January 25, 2013 (Revised Verifications and Authorizations Attached to Plaintiff Profile Form) Pretrial Order #38 - February 19, 2013 (Deposition Protocol) Pretrial Order #39 - February 21, 2013 (Show Cause Order Regarding Dismissal of Endo Entities) Pretrial Order #40 - March 6, 2013 (Plaintiff Fact Sheet) Pretrial Order #41 - March 15, 2013 (Defendant Fact Sheet) Pretrial Order #42 - April 3, 2013 (AGREED ORDER RE: DISMISSAL OF ENDO ENTITIES IN ALL CASES) Order - April 5, 2013 (Discovery Referral) Pretrial Order #43 - April 9, 2013 (Order Scheduling Future Status Conferences) Pretrial Order #44 - April 19, 2013 (Show Cause Order Regarding Dismissal of Coloplast A/S, Coloplast Manufacturing US, LLC, and Porges S.
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For example, a petitioner in a paternity action may seek to consolidate the paternity case with a pending adoption case.