As attorneys attempt to streamline pretrial proceedings for Essure-related lawsuits in California, on December 21, 2016, Judge Winifred Smith of Alameda County issued a case management order. The order assigns which lawyers hold what responsibilities for legal procedures, coordination efforts and broader litigation strategies.
The rationale as to why the case management order was issued, can best be explained by this excerpt pulled from Modern Healthcare:
In California, if two or more civil cases in different counties “share common questions of fact or law,” according to the state's judicial branch, coordination allows them to be brought to one court and assigned to a single judge. The judge's ruling then applies to all the cases. The process is used to keep cases organized and avoid separate, conflicting judgments.
Civil Case Coordination Archive Log 2004 and Older JCCP No: 3216-4409 (Last Updated: April 3, 2017)
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