Fed. R. Civ. P. 20 permits all reasonably related claims for relief by or against different parties to be tried in a single proceeding. Absolute identity of all events is unnecessary. The fact that each plaintiff may have suffered different effects is immaterial for the purposes of determining the common question of law or fact.
The plaintiffs brought a 12- count action stating discriminatory practices of employment by the defendant. The district court severed 10 of the counts into separate cases and withheld a determination of the appropriateness of the class for further discovery. The Plaintiffs appealed.
Did the court abuse it's discretion by severing the joined actions?
The Court found that the severance was an abuse of discretion and allowed the joinder.