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Kern County Water Agency v. United States Dep't of Commerce

September 10, 2009


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge: Hon. Oliver W. Wanger


Time: 8:15 A.M.

Ctrm: 3

On August 28, 2009, the above-captioned action was filed, challenging the NMFS 2009 biological opinion, the same agency action at issue in Stockton East Water District v. NOAA, No. 1:09-CV-1090-OWW-DLB, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, et al. v. Locke et al. ("San Luis"), No. 1:09-CV-1053-OWW-DLB, State Water Contractors v. Locke, No. 1:09- CV-1378-OWW-SMS, and Oakdale Irrigation District, et al. v. U.S. Dep't of Commerce, et al.,

No 2:09-CV-2452-JAM-KJM.

On July 29, 2009, the Federal Defendants moved to consolidate the Stockton East and San Luis cases. See 1:09-CV-1053, Docket No. 26; 1:09-CV-1090, Docket No. 11. On August 6, the State Water Contractors case was filed. On August 20, 2009, the parties in all three cases stipulated to add the State Water Contractors case to the pending motion to consolidate and advance the scheduling conference to September 10, with the Stockton East and San Luis cases. See 1:09-CV-1378, Docket No. 13. This stipulation was approved on August 28, 2009. Id. at Docket No. 19.

At the August 31, 2009 hearing on the motion to consolidate, the Court deferred ruling on the motion until scheduling issues were clarified through the joint scheduling report and the September 10, 2009 scheduling conference. In light of the deferral, the Federal Defendants requested that the newly-filed Kern County Water Agency case be added to the motion to consolidate. Counsel for the plaintiffs in the Kern County Water Agency case was present in the courtroom and agreed to the request.

Like the other four cases, the Federal Defendants assert that the above-captioned case meets the consolidation factors outlined in the pending motion, as all cases involve the same parties, are based on the same or similar claims, involve the same transaction or event and involve similar questions of fact and law such that their assignment to the same Judge is likely to effect a substantial savings of judicial effort. As with consolidation of the cases named in our Motion, the Plaintiffs in all five cases "agree that some consolidation of the matters is desirable."

See San Luis, Docket No. 29 at 1. In this regard, it is the above-captioned Plaintiffs' position that they should be permitted to independently pursue all of their individual claims. With respect to any overlapping claims, the above-captioned Plaintiffs agree to coordinate regarding the filing of any motions.

Accordingly, the parties in all five matters hereby stipulate that the above-captioned case be added to Federal Defendants' Motion to Consolidate, originally set for hearing on August 31, Stipulation 2009, but now deferred to the September 10 scheduling conference. The parties also stipulate that the case management conference in the above-captioned case be advanced to the date and time set for the case management conferences in the San Luis, Stockton East, and State Water Contractors cases (September 10, 2009, 8:15 A.M.).


Dated: 9/8/2009 The Hon. Oliver W. Wanger Respectfully submitted this 3rd day of September, 2009. Eileen Diepenbrock (per auth. to Bridget McNeil) EILEEN M. DIEPENBROCK, State Bar No. 119254 JON D. RUBIN, State Bar No. 196944 JONATHAN R. MARZ, State Bar No. 221188 DIEPENBROCK HARRISON, A Professional Corporation 400 Capital Mall, Suite 1800 Sacramento, CA 95714

DANIEL J. O'HANLON, State Bar No. 122380 BECKY DELL SHEEHAN, State Bar No. 201596 HANSPETER WALTER, State Bar No. 244847 KRONICK, MOSKOVITZ, TIEDEMANN & GIRARD 400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor Sacramento, CA 95814 Attorneys for San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District JEANNE M. ZOLEZZI - SBN: 121282 KARNA E. HARRIGFELD - SBN: 162824 Jennifer Spaletta (per auth. to Bridget McNeil) JENNIFER L. SPALETTA - SBN: 200032 ALEXIS GALBRAITH - SBN: 260756 HERUM\CRABTREE A California Professional Corporation 2291 West March Lane, Suite B100 Stockton, CA 95207 Tel: (209) 472-7700 Attorneys for Stockton East Water District Greg Wilkinson (per auth. to Bridget McNeil)

GREGORY K. WILKINSON, Bar No. 054809 STEVE M. ANDERSON, Bar No. 186700 JILL N. WILLIS, Bar. No. 200121 KIRA L. JOHNSON, Bar No. 259382 BEST BEST & KRIEGER LLP 3750 University Avenue, Suite 400 P.O. Box 1028 Riverside, CA 92502 Tel: (951) 686-1450/Fax: (951) 686-3083 Attorneys for State Water Contractors NOSSAMAN LLP ROBERT D. ...

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