IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 10, 2012
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FOR THE USE AND BENEFIT OF RICHARD MOORE, PLAINTIFF,
T.B. PENICK & SONS, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FOR THE USE AND BENEFIT OF DURAN & VENABLES, INC., PLAINTIFF,
SAFECO INSURANCE COMPANY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
Examination of the above-captioned actions reveals that they are related within the meaning of Local Rule 123(a). Here, "both actions involve similar questions of fact and the same question of law and their assignment to the same Judge or Magistrate Judge is likely to effect a substantial savings of judicial effort." Local Rule 123(a)(3). Accordingly, the assignment of these matters to the same judge is likely to effect a substantial savings of judicial effort and is likely to be convenient for the parties.
The parties should be aware that relating cases under Rule 123 causes the actions to be assigned to the same judge -- it does not consolidate the actions. Under Rule 123, related cases are generally assigned to the judge and magistrate judge to whom the first filed action was assigned.
As a result, it is hereby ORDERED that CIV S-11-2973, is reassigned from Judge Morrison C. England to the undersigned and from Magistrate Judge John F. Moulds to Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows. Henceforth, the caption on documents filed in this reassigned case shall be shown as: CIV S-11-2973 KJM GGH.
It is further ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court make appropriate adjustment in the assignment of civil cases to compensate for this reassignment.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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