Judge Gorton consolidated seven different antitrust actions against Uber for pretrial purposes. Each complaint asserted substantially similar claims and operative facts and involved the same defendants. The main difference in the lawsuits related to alleged violations of local transportation ordinances, and the different cases generally grouped cab companies from individual cities or towns together – I previously commented on the Boston action here. Judge Gorton reserved the question of whether to consolidate the cases for trial. He also set a schedule for Uber’s motion to dismiss, indicating that a decision will issue on the request for dismissal by the end of the year.