Lawsuit consolidation is a legal process in which multiple similar lawsuits are combined into a single case. This process can be beneficial for both plaintiffs and defendants, as it can streamline the legal process and save time and resources for all parties involved.
Federal Rules provide guidance on when and how lawsuits can be consolidated. Under Rule 42 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, cases can be consolidated if they involve common questions of law or fact, and consolidation would promote judicial efficiency and avoid unnecessary expense or delay.
Consolidation can occur in two ways: either the cases can be consolidated into a single court or judge, or they can be consolidated for pretrial proceedings only. In the latter case, the cases are still tried separately, but the pretrial procedures are consolidated to avoid duplication and save time and resources.
At Certitude Law, our experienced attorneys are well-versed in the legal process of lawsuit consolidation and can provide guidance and representation for clients involved in consolidated cases. We understand the complexities of these cases and work diligently to ensure our clients’ rights and interests are protected.