Pickup, et. al. v. Brown, et. al.

Filing 98

ORDER signed by Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 1/29/2013 ORDERING that the parties 96 request for stay is GRANTED. CASE STAYED. (Zignago, K.)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 DAVID H. PICKUP, et al., 11 12 13 14 15 16 Plaintiffs, No. 2:12-cv-02497-KJM-EFB vs. EDMUND G. BROWN, et al., ORDER Defendants. / This court issued an order on December 4, 2012, denying plaintiffs’ motion for a 17 preliminary injunction that would have prevented California Senate Bill 1172 from taking effect. 18 (ECF 80.) Plaintiffs have appealed the order. (ECF 82.) The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 19 has scheduled the appeal for hearing during the week of April 15, 2013. (COA Dkt. #12-17681, 20 ECF 21.) Plaintiffs, defendants and defendant-intervenors now jointly request a stay of district 21 court proceedings pending resolution of the appeal. (ECF 96.) 22 “The District Court has broad discretion to stay proceedings as an incident to its 23 power to control its own docket.” Clinton v. Jones, 520 U.S. 681, 706 (1997). The court weighs 24 the following factors when considering a motion to stay: “the possible damage which may result 25 from the granting of a stay, the hardship or inequity which a party may suffer in being required 26 to go forward, and the orderly course of justice measured in terms of the simplifying or 1 1 complicating of issues, proof, and questions of law which could be expected to result from a 2 stay.” Lockyer v. Mirant Corp., 398 F.3d 1098, 1110 (9th Cir. 2005); CMAX, Inc. v. Hall, 300 3 F.2d 265, 268 (9th Cir. 1962) (citing Landis v. N. Am. Co., 299 U.S. 248, 254 (1936)). A district 4 court must also consider the length of the proposed stay. See Yong v. INS, 208 F.3d 1116, 1119 5 (9th Cir. 2000). 6 The circumstances here warrant a stay, even though it is uncertain when the 7 appeal of the preliminary injunction will be resolved. The Ninth Circuit has specified that stays 8 of indefinite length are generally disfavored. Dependable Highway Exp., Inc. v. Navigators Ins. 9 Co., 498 F.3d 1059, 1066-67 (9th Cir. 2007); see also Yong, 208 F.3d at 1120-21. In Yong, for 10 instance, the district court had stayed a habeas petition proceeding pending resolution of the 11 appeal of a separate case addressing the same issues as the petition. 208 F.3d at 1117. In 12 vacating the stay, the Ninth Circuit explained that the indefinite length of the stay worked 13 against the district court’s obligation to provide expeditious resolution of habeas petitions and 14 inflicted a substantial burden on the petitioner, outweighing the district court’s interests in 15 judicial economy. Id. at 1119-20. Here, however, there is no indication that a stay pending 16 resolution of the preliminary injunction appeal would harm any of the parties, especially because 17 they have jointly requested the stay. Moreover, because the preliminary injunction appeal will 18 resolve issues related to the constitutionality of SB 1172 that this court will need to address in 19 order to move forward, it will achieve efficiencies to await the outcome of the Ninth Circuit 20 proceedings. 21 22 The parties’ request is GRANTED. DATED: January 29, 2013. 23 24 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 25 26 2