IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 2, 2011
SALLY J. NETTLETON, THERESA THRUN,
CAROL WILSON, DENNIS DOUGHERTY, HEATHER S. HARDEE, SPENCER WARE, GARY L. BUCK, AND THOMAS M. BUCKHEIT, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY SITUATED,
FORD MOTOR COMPANY AND DOES 1 THROUGH 100, INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.
JO ANN GETTMAN, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY SITUATED, PLAINTIFF,
FORD MOTOR COMPANY,
ORDER DENYING MOTIONS TO CONSOLIDATE CASES AND APPOINT INTERIM CLASS COUNSEL
Before the Court are two related product liability actions 26 brought against Defendant Ford Motor Company ("Ford") in which Plaintiffs allege they purchased Ford vehicles containing a latent 28 defect causing the tailgate to crack. Case Nos. 11-2953-SC ("the 2953 action"), 11-3133-SC ("the 3133 action"). In the 2953 action, 2 eight plaintiffs seek to represent a national class of individuals 3 who purchased certain Ford vehicles during the class period. Case No. 11-2953, ECF No. 1 ("2953 Compl."). Id. In the 3133 action, 5 one plaintiff seeks to represent a California class of individuals 6 who purchased certain Ford vehicles during the class period. Case No. 11-3133, ECF No. 1 ("3133 Compl.").
Plaintiffs' counsel in both actions have filed motions to consolidate the actions and to be appointed interim class counsel 10 for the consolidated action. Case No. 11-2953, ECF Nos. 20 ("2953 Mot."), 24 ("2953 Opp'n"), 35 ("2953 Reply"); Case No. 10-3133, ECF Nos. 10 ("3133 Mot."), 16 ("3133 Opp'n"), 19 ("3133 Reply"). The Court has reviewed Plaintiffs' Motions and the papers filed in 14 support of them. It concludes that there is a high likelihood that 15 similar actions have been filed or will be filed against Ford in 16 this district and outside this district which may necessitate 17 further consolidation. As such, the Court DENIES these motions as 18 premature.
The Court ORDERS the parties, including Defendant Ford, to file declarations within thirty (30) days of this Order providing 21 the names and case numbers of any cases which may be related to 22 these cases, regardless of whether they were filed within this District or outside this District.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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