Preston et al v. Smith et al
ORDER denying 30 Motion to Amend Scheduling Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge William E. Cassady on 7/5/2012. (sdb)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
WILLIAM PRESTON, et al.,
GREGORY NOLAN SMITH, et al.,
The parties have filed a joint motion (Doc. 30) to amend the scheduling order
(Doc. 21), as amended by the Court’s May 17, 2012 Order (Doc. 25), to extend the
discovery completion deadline by one month, to August 9, 2012. For the reasons set
forth below, the parties’ joint motion is DENIED.
The sole basis the parties have provided to justify the requested extension is that
the Court’s May 17, 2012 Order extends the deadlines to disclose and depose experts
past July 9, 2012, the discovery cutoff provided in the original scheduling order. (See
Doc. 30, ¶ 3.) The May 17, 2012 Order, however, merely granted the parties the specific
relief they requested in their May 16, 2012 Motion (Doc. 24). That motion dealt solely
with experts, and the parties did not request an extension of time to complete nonexpert discovery. Thus, because the parties have not made a showing that—and the
undersigned will not speculate whether—the requisite good cause exists to justify
extension of the July 9, 2012 Discovery Cutoff, the motion is due to be denied. 1
Because a Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order “is not a frivolous piece of paper, idly
entered, which can be cavalierly disregarded by counsel without peril[,]” Washington v. Arapahoe
Cnty. Dep’t of Soc. Servs., 197 F.R.D. 439, 441 (D. Colo. 2000) (internal quotations and citations
The parties, of course, may agree to pursue discovery outside the cutoff so long
as they otherwise comply with the requirements of the scheduling order. 2
however, lose the willingness of this Court, absent exceptional circumstances, to referee
any discovery disputes that may arise.
DONE and ORDERED this the 5th day of July, 2012.
s/WILLIAM E. CASSADY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
omitted), a party requesting modification to one must first make a showing of good cause
pursuant to Rule 16(b), see United States ex rel. Walker v. R & F Props. of Lake County, Inc., No.
5:02-CV-131-OC-10GRJ, 2008 WL 976786, at *2 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 9, 2008) (citing Sosa v. Airprint
Sys., Inc., 133 F.3d 1417, 1418 (11th Cir. 1998) (the Rule 16(b) good cause standard “precludes
modification unless the schedule cannot ‘be met despite the diligence of the party seeking the
extension.’”) (quoting FED. R. CIV. P. 16, advisory committee’s note) (emphasis added)). If the
Court “finds that the [moving] party[ies] lacked due diligence, then the inquiry into good cause
is ended.” Id. (citing Pioneer Int’l (USA), Inc. v. Reid, No. 2:07-cv-84-FtM-34DNF, 2007 WL
4365637, *2 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 12, 2007)).
One requirement is the dispositive motions deadline, which remains July 30,
2012. (See Doc. 21, ¶ 12.)
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?