United States District Court, D. Montana, Missoula Division
W. Molloy, District Judge.
being common issues of fact and law, consolidation of the
above-captioned actions is appropriate pursuant to Rule
42(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the defendants' Motion to
Consolidate (Doc. 17) is GRANTED. The above-captioned cases
are consolidated for all further proceedings under the case
number CV 19-56-M-DWM and captioned as shown above. The Clerk
of Court shall file this Order in the docket for each case.
FURTHER ORDERED that the defendants in each case shall file
their respective answers in both the lead and member cases in
CM/ECF on or before July 31, 2019. All other
documents shall be filed in the lead case CV 19-56-M-DWM and
spread to the member case.
FURTHER ORDERED that
Preliminary Pretrial Statement. Counsel for the
respective parties shall file and serve on all parties a
written preliminary pretrial statement on or before
September 10, 2019. The statement shall
address all matters listed in L.R. 16.2(b)(1).
Rule 26(f) Conference and Case Management
Plan. The parties shall file a proposed case
management plan on or before September 25,
2019. The parties shall e-mail a copy of the
proposed case management plan in Word format to
email@example.com. Lead trial counsel for the
respective parties shall, at least two weeks before the
proposed case management plan is due, meet to discuss the
nature and basis of their claims and defenses, to develop the
proposed case management plan, and to discuss the
possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the
case. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 1. The case management
plan resulting from the Rule 26(f) conference is not subject
to revision, absent compelling reasons.
Contents of Case Management Plan. The proposed case
management plan should contain deadlines for the following
pretrial motions and events or should state that such
deadlines are not necessary:
Motions to Dismiss (fully briefed)
Certification of Administrative Record
Motions to Supplement the Administrative Record
Motions to Amend the Pleadings
Completion of Discovery
Motions for Summary Judgment (fully briefed)
Additional Deadlines Agreed to by the ...