The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Janis L. Sammartino United States District Judge
ORDER: GRANTING JOINT INTERIM CO-LEAD COUNSEL MOTION FOR CONSOLIDATION AND APPOINTMENT OF
Presently before the Court are two related cases, Margolis v. The Dial Corporation, et al., Case No. 12-CV-288 JLS (WVG), and Ortega v. The Dial Corporation, et al., Case No. 12-CV-361 JLS (WVG). Plaintiffs Robert A. Margolis and Frank Ortega, along with Defendant The Dial Corporation, bring this joint motion to consolidate cases and appoint interim co-lead counsel.
(ECF No. 10.) The parties attest that these actions meet the standard for consolidation pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 42, as they share a common question of law or fact.
Upon consideration of the foregoing motion, the papers submitted in support, and good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED as follows:
1. The above-referenced actions shall be consolidated onto a single docket and bear the civil case number of 12-CV-288 JLS (WVG) (the "Consolidated Action"). The Consolidated Action shall bear the name: Margolis, et al. v. The Dial Corporation, et al.
2. All future filings in the Consolidated Action shall use the following caption: Margolis, et al. v. the Dial Corporation, et al., and bear the Case No.: 12-CV-288 JLS (WVG).
3. Plaintiffs' counsel, The Law Offices of Ronald A. Marron (including attorney Ronald
A. Marron, Esq.) and the Salas Wang LLC (including attorney Jeffrey M. Salas, Esq.), are hereby appointed as Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel.
4. Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel shall be responsible for coordinating the activities of Plaintiffs during pretrial proceedings and shall have the sole authority to:
a. determine and present (in briefs, oral argument, or such other fashion as may be appropriate, personally or by a designee) to the Court and opposing parties the position of the Plaintiffs on all matters arising during the pretrial proceedings;
b. coordinate the initiation and conduct of discovery on behalf of Plaintiffs consistent with the requirements of the Federal Rules;
c. conduct settlement negotiations on behalf of Plaintiffs and the putative class;
d. delegate specific tasks to other counsel in a manner to ensure that pretrial preparation for the Plaintiffs is ...