Rule 42 – Consolidation; Separate Trials

(a) CONSOLIDATION. If actions before the court involve a common question of law or fact, the court may:

  1. join for hearing or trial any or all matters at issue in the actions;
  2. consolidate the actions; or
  3. issue any other orders to avoid unnecessary cost or delay.

(b) SEPARATE TRIALS. For convenience, to avoid prejudice, or to expedite and economize, the court may order a separate trial of one or more separate issues, claims, crossclaims, counterclaims, or third-party claims. When ordering a separate trial, the court must preserve any federal right to a jury trial.

Apr. 30, 2007Dec. 1, 2007
Feb. 28, 1966July 1, 1966
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