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In re Just for Men® Mass. Tort Litigation

United States District Court, S.D. Illinois

June 27, 2016

IN RE Just For Men® Mass. Tort Litigation This Document Relates to: ALL Just for Men® Cases

          CASE COORDINATION ORDER

          Honorable David R. Herndon United States District Court Judge

         On June 9, 2016, the Court held a status conference in Davis v. Combe Incorporated, et al. (3:16-cv-169 - hereinafter “Davis”), Lindsey, et al. v. Combe Incorporated, et al. (3:16-cv-223 - hereinafter “Lindsey”), Martin, et al. v. Combe Incorporated, et al. (3:16-cv-227 - hereinafter “Martin”), Brownlee, et al. v. Combe Incorporated, et al. (3:16-cv-228 - hereinafter “Brownlee”), Brim, et al. v. Combe Incorporated, et al. (3:16-cv-229 - hereinafter “Brim”), and Lasley, et al. v. Combe Incorporated, et al. (3:16-cv-232 - hereinafter “Lasley”), and pursuant to this Court's Orders of May 24, 2016, required that Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs and Defendants personally appear.

         The Court presided over suggestions of counsel regarding a joint proposal to coordinate certain pretrial matters of the substantial number of presently filed cases, as well as any future cases, alleging injuries from use of Defendants' marketed products known as the line of Just for Men® hair coloring products.

         The Court concludes that the interests of judicial economy will be served by coordinating all pretrial matters in the Just for Men® cases. Therefore, the Court ORDERS AS FOLLOWS[1]:

         1. Applicability of Order. The provisions of this Order (and of future orders applicable to “All Cases”) shall govern the practice and procedure in those actions that are pending in this Court which are identified on Attachment A and known as the Just for Men cases. This Order shall be filed in each of those cases, and will also apply to any future Just for Men cases that arrive in this Court.

         2. Coordination. These civil actions identified in Attachment A shall be coordinated for discovery and certain pretrial purposes. Any related cases which are later filed in, removed to or transferred to this Court, or any related actions directly filed in the Southern District of Illinois, prior to the entry of this Order or after, will automatically be coordinated with this action without the necessity of future motions. This Order shall be filed in any future case identifying it as part of the Just for Men® coordinated litigation. This coordination, however, does not constitute a determination in any respect that the actions should be coordinated or consolidated for trial.

         3. Master Docket. The Clerk of this Court will maintain a Master Docket which shall be designated as follows:

Case No. 3:16-cv-00638-DRH
Master Docket - In Re: Just for Men® Mass. Tort Litigation

         The Clerk of this Court shall place this Order and any subsequent Case Management Orders in the “In Re: Just for Men® Mass. Tort Litigation,Master Docket Case No. 3:16-cv-00638-DRH. As set forth in more detail below, the Master Docket will only include documents relating to “All Cases.” All orders, pleadings, motions, and other documents will, when filed and docketed in the Master Docket, be deemed filed and docketed in each individual case.

         4. Filing Procedures. The filing of pleadings and documents in this Master Docket shall be limited to filings made by Co-Lead Counsel and Liaison Counsel for Plaintiffs and by Lead Counsel and Liaison Counsel for Defendants. No other counsel of record shall file any pleadings or documents directly in the Master Docket, and any attempt to do so, will not be accepted for filing by this Court. All documents filed in this Court, subsequent to those initiating a new case, must be filed electronically pursuant to this Court's E-Filing Rules and the CM/ECF User's Manual. Attorneys may register for electronic filing at http://www.ilsd.uscourts.gov/ecf/ecfAttyRegistration.aspx.

a. Master Docket Filings. When a pleading is intended to be applicable to all actions, this shall be indicated by the words: “This Document Relates to All Just for Men® Cases.” Documents relating to All Cases shall be filed in the Master Docket Case only.
b. Case-Specific Documents. All case specific pleadings and documents must be filed in the individual case action only, and not in the Master Docket Case.

         5. Notice of Electronic Filing. With regard to case-specific filings, all attorneys of record in the relevant member action will receive a Notice of Electronic Filing (“NEF”) from the Court. With regard to documents filed in the Master Docket Case, only those attorneys identified in the Master Docket Case as being counsel of record will receive an NEF from the ...


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