What is a Motion to Consolidate/Join Cases?

The trial courts have discretion to consolidate actions involving common questions of law or fact and are pending in the same court. (Code of Civ. Proc., § 1048(a).)

The purpose is to enhance trial court efficiency (i.e., to avoid unnecessary duplication of evidence and procedures); and to avoid the substantial danger of inconsistent adjudications (i.e., different results because tried before different juries, or a judge and jury, etc.). (See Todd-Stenberg v. Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust (1996) 48 Cal.App.4th 976, 978–979.)

How to Structure the Motion

There are two types of consolidation under Section 1048:

  1. a consolidation for purposes of trial only, where the two actions remain otherwise separate, and
  2. a complete consolidation or consolidation for all purposes, where the two actions are merged into a single proceeding under one case number and result in only one verdict or set of findings and one judgment.

(Hamilton v. Asbestos Corp. (2000) 22 Cal.4th 1127, 1147.)

California Rules of Court sets forth special rules which apply to motions seeking consolidation. A notice of motion to consolidate must:

  1. List all named parties in each case, the names of those who have appeared, and the names of their respective attorneys of record;
  2. Contain the captions of all the cases sought to be consolidated, with the lowest numbered case shown first; and
  3. Be filed in each case sought to be consolidated.

(Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 3.350(a)(1).)

Additionally, a motion to consolidate:

  1. Is deemed a single motion for the purpose of determining the appropriate filing fee, but memorandums, declarations, and other supporting papers must be filed only in the lowest numbered case;
  2. Must be served on all attorneys of record and all non-represented parties in all of the cases sought to be consolidated; and
  3. Must have a proof of service filed as part of the motion.

(Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 3.350(a)(2).)

The Court’s Decision

The granting or denial of a motion to consolidate rests in the trial court's sound discretion, and will not be reversed except upon a clear showing of abuse of discretion. (Feliner v. Steinbaum (1955) 132 Cal.App.2d 509, 511; Nat’l Elec. Supply Co. v. Mt. Diablo Unified Sch. Dist. (1960) 187 Cal. App. 2d 418, 421.) “[I]t is possible that actions may be thoroughly ‘related’ in the sense of having common questions of law or fact, and still not be ‘consolidated,’ if the trial court, in the sound exercise of its discretion, chooses not to do so.” (Askew v. Askew (1994) 22 Cal.App.4th 942, 964.)

In deciding whether to grant a motion to consolidate, the court should weigh whether the common issues predominate over the individual issues and whether any risks of jury confusion or prejudice to the parties outweighs the reduction in time and expense that would result from consolidation. (Todd-Stenberg v. Shield (1996) 48 Cal.App.4th 976, 978.)

Useful Resources for Motion to Consolidate/Join Cases

Recent Documents on Motion to Consolidate/Join Cases

1-25 of 10000 results

Defendant's Case Management Statement - Settlement Conference

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ON Charles L. Post, SBN 160443 Zack S. Thompson, SBN 317110 Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1100 Sac Sacramento, CA 9581...

Case Management Statement Filed

FOR COURT USE ONLY (310) CITY AND ZIP Ciro Rebolledo, Dianna Rebolledo, Jasmine Rebolledo, Marilu Rebolledo, Yareli Rebolledo LIMITED CASE (Amount demanded (Amount demanded is $25,000 ...

Criminal: Minute Order - Pre-Preliminary

Superior Court of California, County of Merced MINUTE ORDERS People of the State of California, Plaintiff(s) 21CR 00332 vs. 8:30 AM Pre Preliminary ...

Criminal: Minute Order - Pre-Preliminary

Superior Court of California, County of Merced MINUTE ORDERS People of the State of California, Plaintiff(s) 20CR 03759A vs. 8:30 AM Pre Preliminary ...

Plaintiff's Case Management Statement - Case Management Conference

ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY JANET L. BROWN; SBN #208602/ JESSICA M. GARCIA SBN #314298 ZWICKER & ASSOCIATES, P.C. A Law Firm Engaged in Debt Collection 1320 WILLOW PASS ROAD SUITE 730 CONCORD 94520 TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. (Optional) ...

Non-Criminal: Minute Order - Request for Order: Initial

Superior Court of California, County of Merced MINUTE ORDERS Stephanie Poosz 8:45 AM 12:00 PM vs. Request for Order: Initial Allen David...

Case Management Statement Filed - 2-11-2021 CMC

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address): FOR COURT USE ONLY Monrae L. English (SBN 237163) Wild, Carter & Tipton Law 246 West Shaw Ave. Fresno, Ca 93704 TELEPHONE NO.:(559) 224-2131 FAX NO.(Optional): ...

Plaintiff's Case Management Statement - Case Management Conference

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY אַ»¿ Þ«´´±½µô Û­¯ò ïéïííë çïìî ëî²¼ Ô¿²» ÒÛ Ñ´§³°·¿ Éß çèëïê çïêóèéèóðïêï TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. (Optional) ...

Plaintiff's Case Management Statement - Case Management Conference

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY Adam N. Barasch, Esq. (158220) Donald H. Cram, Esq. (160004) Severson & Werson, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2600 San Francisco, CA 94111 TELEPHONE NO.: (415) 398-3...

Defendant Farmers Group Inc's Case Management Statement - Case Managemen...

ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY David L. Jones (SBN: 109859) Christopher R. Wagner (SBN: 112307) Steven R. Inouye (SBN: 245024) GORDON REES SCULLY MANSUKHANI, LLP 633 West Fifth Street, 52 Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017 TELEPHONE NO.: (213) 576 5075 FAX NO. (Optional) (213) 680 4470 ...

Case Management Statement Filed - Case Management Statement

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. (Optional) E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional) ATTORNEY FOR (Name) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF STREE...

Case Management Statement Filed - Case Management Statement

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. (Optional) E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional) ATTORNEY FOR (Name) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF STREE...

Case Management Statement Filed

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. (Optional) E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional) ATTORNEY FOR (Name) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF STREE...

2021-01-21 Plaintiff CMC Statement - Case Management Statement Filed

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address): FOR COURT USE ONLY Andrew M. Jacobson, Esq. (SBN 286330) Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, 12th Floor Los Angeles, California 90067 TELEPHONE NO.:(310) 552-3800 ...

20210121 -- Hancock -- CMC Statement - Case Management Statement Filed

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. (Optional) E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional) ATTORNEY FOR (Name) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF STREE...

Case Management Statement Filed

SHERYL D. NOEL #172551 STEVEN C. CLARK #181050 COLEMAN & HOROWITT, LLP 499 W. Shaw Avenue, Suite 116, Fresno, California 93704 TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. [email protected]; [email protected] Defendant JASJIT KAMBOJ 1130 "O" Street 1130 "O" Street Fresno, CA 93721 Unlimited Civil ...

Plaintiff's Case Management Statement - Case Management Conference

ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY Robert A. Curtbirth 131279 Gregory T. Fayard 212930 FREEMAN MATHIS & GARY, LLP 1013 Galleria Blvd., Suite 250 Roseville, CA 95678 TELEPHONE NO.: 472 3300 FAX NO. (Optional) MAIL ADDRESS (Optional) Berry Creek Guild ATTORNE...

Plaintiff's Case Management Statement - Case Management Conference

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. (Optional) E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional) ATTORNEY FOR (Name) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF STREE...

Case Management Statement of Ralph Leavers, Pricella Leavers and Megasta...

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY Jeffrey H. Lowenthal (SBN 111763); Dana M. Andreoli (SBN 262068) STEYER LOWENTHAL BOODROOKAS ALVAREZ & SMITH LLP 235 Pine Street, Fifteenth Floor, San Francisco, California 94104 ...

Plaintiff's Case Management Statement - Case Management Conference

ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY Aaron N. Baldaro, Esq. SBN #261156 / Scott D. Dyle, Esq. SBN #300917 AMERICAN EXPRESS LEGAL 199 S. Los Robles Ave., Suite 540 Pasadena, CA 91101 TELEPHONE NO.:(626) 660 0002 FAX NO.: (626) 298 6716 E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional): [email protected] / [email protected]

Defendants' Case Management Statement - Case Management Conference

ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY GAVAN R. MUNTER, ESQ. SBN 134924 TIZA SERRANO THOMPSON & ASSOCIATES th Street, Suite 2250 Sacramento, California 958 TELEPHONE NO.: (916) 561 FAX NO. (Optional): (855) 886 5559 E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional): [email protected] ATTORNEY F...

Case Management Statement Filed

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. (Optional) E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional) ATTORNEY FOR (Name) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF STREE...

Plaintiff and Respondents' Case Management Statement - Case Management C...

ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY Paul S. Chan, SBN 183406; Joyce J. Choi, SBN 256165 Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow P.C. 1875 Century Park East, 23 Floor Los Angeles, CA 90067 2561 TELEPHONE NO.: (310) 201 2100 FAX NO. (Optional): (310) 210 2110 E-MAIL ADDRESS (Option...

Case Management Statement Filed

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address): FOR COURT USE ONLY Raquel Busani, SBN 323162 Robert J. Rosati, SBN 112006 ERISA Law Center 6485 N. Palm Avenue, Suite 105, F...

Plaintiff's Case Management Statement - Case Management Conference

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address) FOR COURT USE ONLY TELEPHONE NO.: FAX NO. (Optional) E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional) ATTORNEY FOR (Name) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF STREE...

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 400     last » 

For full print and download access, please subscribe at https://www.trellis.law/.

Please wait a moment while we load this page.