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Chao v. Courtier

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


January 9, 2009

ELAINE L. CHAO, SECRETARY OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, PLAINTIFF,
v.
CLAIR R. COURTIER, JR., ET AL., DEFENDANT.
GREGORY JOHNSON, ET AL., PLAINTIFF,
v.
CLAIR R. COURURIER JR., ET AL., DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ralph R. Beistline United States District Judge

RELATED CASE ORDER

Examination of the above-entitled actions reveals that these actions are related within the meaning of Local Rule 83-123(a) (E.D. Cal. 1997). The actions involve many of the same defendants and are based on the same or similar claims, the same property transaction or event, similar questions of fact and the same questions of law, and would therefore entail a substantial duplication of labor if heard by different judges. Accordingly, the assignment of the matters to the same judge is likely to effect a substantial savings of judicial effort and is also likely to be convenient for the parties.

The parties should be aware that relating the cases under Local Rule 83-123 merely has the result that both actions are assigned to the same judge; no consolidation of the action is effected. Under the regular practice of this court, related cases are generally assigned to the district judge and magistrate judge to whom the first filed action was assigned.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the action denominated Chao v. Couturier, et al., 2:08-cv-02732-RRB-GGH, is reassigned to Judge Ralph

R. Beistline and Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows for all further proceedings. Any dates currently set in the reassigned case are hereby VACATED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court make appropriate adjustment in the assignment of the above-reference case to compensate for this reassignment.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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