Brown v. Peterson et al
Order on Motion for Discovery
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF ALASKA
Case No. 3:05-cv-0002-TMB
FRANK PETERSON, Individually, and
in his official capacity as City of Kodiak
Police Officer; CITY OF KODIAK; and
JOHN AND JANE DOES 1-10,
On August 23, 2007, Plaintiff filed a Motion to Reopen Discovery. A Memorandum of Law
in support of that motion was filed on September 4, 2007. Defendants filed an opposition to the
motion the following day.
This case began with the filing of a Complaint on January 3, 2005. Defendant Frank
Peterson moved to stay all proceedings on February 7, 2005, as he was out of the country on active
military duty. On March 15, 2005, the request for a stay was granted in part and denied in part.
Specifically, the court ordered that:
Defendant Peterson’s deposition and trial is hereby stayed until such time as he
returns form military service. Limited discovery, however, may proceed against
Defendants Holden and the City of Kodiak. . . . Furthermore, discovery in this matter
shall be extended to a reasonable time following Peterson’s deactivation from
Docket 11 at 2.
It appears that no Scheduling and Planning Order was done and the case was reassigned to
the undersigned in January 2006. The court ordered that a Status report be filed by Defendants
regarding Peterson’s military status on March 8, 2006. Defendants reported on March 14, 2006,
Defendant Peterson had returned from Iraq and that “the current stay of proceedings can be lifted.”
The stay was lifted on March 20, 2007, and Defendant Peterson was directed to file an Answer. It
is unclear what, if any discovery was conducted while the stay was in place. However, it appears
there may have been some confusion as to the scope of the stay in the absence of a Scheduling
Based upon the parties’ submissions, a Scheduling Order was entered on May 22, 2006.
That order set February 19, 2007, as the close of discovery. Defendants filed a Motion to Compel
and requested a status conference on December 14, 2006 because they were having difficulty
communicating with Plaintiff’s counsel and scheduling depositions. That issue was resolved by
way of stipulation in which the parties sought to extend the discovery deadline to April 19, 2007,
which the court approved.
Defendants complied with the new deadlines, including the filing of witness lists and
disclosure of their expert report. Plaintiff did not comply with the new deadlines, due to the illness
of Plaintiff’s counsel. At a status conference on June 12, 2007, Plaintiff’s counsel stated he needed
additional time for discovery, which Defendants opposed. The parties were unable to resolve this
issue, leading to Plaintiff’s present Motion to Reopen Discovery.
The Court has reviewed the submissions of the parties. The better practice would have been
for Plaintiff to seek to extend discovery due to his ill health and not make the present motion after
Defendants have made their disclosures. Nevertheless, the Court concludes that the Plaintiff should
have an opportunity to complete discovery.
Therefore, discovery will close 90 days from the date of this order. A final witness list,
disclosing all lay and expert witnesses whom a party may wish to call at trial, will be due 45 days
prior to the close of discovery. Dispositive motions will be due 120 days from the close of
discovery. No motions in limine will be filed at this time. The Court will address the filing of such
motions in a trial preparation order.
Finally, the Court will look with disfavor upon any additional requests to extend discovery
in this case. IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated at Anchorage, Alaska, this 4th day of October, 2007.
/s/ Timothy Burgess
Timothy M. Burgess
United States District Judge
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