IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION
April 20, 2012
DEBRA SLEDGE, JOAN SLEDGE, KATHY SELDGE LIGHTFOOT, KIM
SLEDGE ALLEN, JOINTLY D/B/A "SISTER SLEDGE," AND RONEE BLAKLEY, ON BEHALF OF THEMSELVES AND ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY
WARNER MUSIC GROUP CORP.,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Richard Seeborg United States District Judge
United States District Court situated For the Northern District of California
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER SETTING HEARING SCHEDULE AND VACATING MISCELLANEOUS DEADLINES AND RELATED CASES
The parties in the above-captioned related actions have filed the following outstanding 20 motions: 21 * Motion to Dismiss and Motion to Appoint Lead Counsel in Sledge, et al. v. Warner 22 Music Group Corp., No. C 12-0559 RS, scheduled for a hearing on May 10 and May 23 17, 2012, respectively.
* Motion to Consolidate and Motion to Shorten Time in Castillo, et al. v. Warner Music Group Corp., No C 12-1531 RS, not yet noticed for a hearing.
Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(a), defendant Warner Music Group Corporation will be 27 required to serve responsive pleadings in the related actions to which it has not yet responded, and 28 according to plaintiffs in the Castillo action, Warner has indicated its intention to move to dismiss each of the complaints. Rather than proceed with separate and potentially duplicative motion 2 practice in each action, these matters may be most efficiently and economically adjudicated in the 3 following fashion: the Motions to Consolidate and to Appoint Lead Counsel in these five related 4 actions shall be heard on May 24, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 3, 17th Floor, 450 Golden Gate 5
Avenue, San Francisco. A joint Case Management Conference for all five related actions shall be 6 held also at 1:30 p.m. This order therefore continues the Case Management Conferences and the 7 hearing on the Motion to Appoint Lead Counsel, originally scheduled for May 17 -- without altering 8 the time for briefing on that motion. Any further briefing on the Motion to Consolidate shall be 9 filed consistent with Civil Local Rule 7-3, and as though the motion was originally noticed and filed 10 on the date of this Order.
Further, litigation of Warner's Motion to Dismiss in Sledge is hereby stayed, and the hearing on that pleading, originally set for May 10, is hereby vacated, pending resolution of the Motions to 13 Consolidate and to Appoint Lead Counsel. Finally, Warner is relieved of its obligation under Rule 14 12 to serve timely and responsive pleadings to the complaints in each of the remaining related cases 15 to which it has not yet responded, until the Motions to Consolidate and to Appoint Lead Counsel are 16 resolved and a further scheduling Order issues. 17
IT IS SO ORDERED.
For the Northern District of California
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