UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 5, 2012
REY CARTAS VELASQUEZ, ET AL.,
MOHAMMED KHAN, AKA MOHAMMED NAWAZ KHAN DBA KHAN LABOR CONTRACTOR, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
RYAN HERBERT SMITH, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Morrison C. England, Jr. United States District Judge
RELATED CASE ORDER
The Court has received the Notice of Related Case filed on August 28, 2012.
Examination of the above-entitled actions reveals that these actions are related within the meaning of Local Rule 123(a) (E.D. Cal. 1997).
The actions involve many of the same parties, and are based on the same or similar claims, and/or events, involve similar questions of fact, and would therefore entail a substantial duplication of labor if heard by different judges. Accordingly, the assignment of the matters to the same judge is likely to effect a substantial savings of judicial effort and is also likely to be convenient for the parties.
The parties should be aware that relating the cases under Local Rule 123 merely has the result that both actions are assigned to the same judge; no consolidation of the action is effected. Under the regular practice of this court, related cases are generally assigned to the district judge to whom the first filed action was assigned.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the action denominated 2:12-cr-00300-JAM, United States of America v. Ryan Herbert Smith, et al. is reassigned to Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. for all further proceedings, and any dates currently set in this reassigned case only are hereby VACATED. Henceforth, the caption on documents filed in the reassigned case shall be shown as 2:12-cr-00300-MCE. At the request of counsel, a Status Conference in the Smith case is set for September 27, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., in Courtroom 7.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court make appropriate adjustment in the assignment of criminal cases to compensate for this reassignment.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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