Plaintiffs the States of North Dakota, Nevada, and Texas, joined by the States of Arizona and Kentucky, are all also parties in the first filed suit, in which the District Court for the Northern District of California has entered summary judgment as to the Administrator’s liability. Id. at 2-3. The States of North Dakota, Nevada, and Texas are also represented by the same counsel in this case and in the Northern District of California matter. Moreover, the State of North Carolina, also a party in the Northern District Court of California case, filed its own unopposed motion to hold in abeyance its separate case filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which the court there granted. The parties in the Northern District of California matter are currently in the process of briefing the appropriate remedy. In order to conserve the resources of the courts and the parties, EPA has moved for a stay of this action, similar to the stay entered by the District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in response to the State of North Carolina’s motion. Id. at 4-5.
“It is well-established that a trial court has the inherent power to stay proceedings to control its docket, to conserve judicial resources, and to ensure that each matter is handled “‘with economy of time and effort for itself, for counsel, and for litigants.’” United States v. Minnkota Power Co-op, Inc., 831 F. Supp. 2d
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