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The parties in these causes have filed a Joint Motion to Consolidate Appeals. Bruce R. Hotze and Paul Bettencourt have filed notices of appeal from three different decisions made by the district court in the same trial court cause number. Each notice of appeal was assigned a unique appellate cause number in this Court. A clerk’s record has been prepared in appellate cause number 03-10-00423-CV, but not in the remaining appeals. The motion states, “The parties agree that the clerk’s record on file in [appellate cause number 03-10-00423-CV] is applicable to all three appeals.” The parties seek to conserve resources by averting preparation of duplicative records and separate briefs.

We grant the Joint Motion to Consolidate Appeals as follows for purposes of record preparation, brief preparation, and court consideration. The clerk’s record filed in appellate cause number 03-10-00423-CV will serve as the record for all three appeals. Each party may prepare a single brief that addresses all three appeals. Briefs for all three cases will be due according to the schedule established in appellate cause number 03-10-00423-CV. Appellants’ brief is currently due to be filed on or before October 18, 2010.

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