Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Bashas' Inc.

Filing 32

ORDER The court being informed that the Bankruptcy Court has not yet ruled on Bashas' application to retain Steptoe & Johnson, LLP as counsel for Bashas' herein, the court, sua sponte, vacates without date the hearing currently scheduled fo r August 31, 2009. When this court rules on the EEOC's "Motion for Clarification that the EEOC is Exempt from Respondent Bashas' Stay of Proceedings on Bankruptcy Filing" doc. # 27 it will then reset the hearing date if necessary. Signed by Judge Robert C Broomfield on 8/25/09. (KMG, )

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Petitioner, vs. Bashas', Inc., an Arizona corporation, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CIV 09-0209-PHX-RCB ORDER Originally the court scheduled a hearing on July 27, 2009, on the Motion for Order to Show Cause by petitioner, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") (doc. 1) and on the Motion for Leave to Conduct Limited Discovery by respondent Bashas', Inc. (doc. 10). Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In the meantime, Bashas' filed for In notifying this court of that filing, Bashas' explicitly stated that it had "ceased any further action in this matter[,]" citing to the automatic stay provision of 11 U.S.C. 362. Notice (doc. 26) at 1:18-19. The next day the EEOC filed a "Motion for Clarification that 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 the EEOC is Exempt from Respondent Bashas' Stay of Proceedings on Bankruptcy Filing" (doc. 27). Bashas', in turn, moved for a continuance of the hearing date and any related proceedings (doc. 29). The primary reason Bashas' sought a continuance was that at that time the bankruptcy court "had not yet approved [Bashas'] application to retain Steptoe & Johnson LLP [("Steptoe")] as counsel for the debtor Bashas' in this matter." Id. at 1:23-24. Accordingly, Bashas' had "not evaluated the EEOC's Motion for Clarification and [wa]s not authorized to retain legal counsel to prepare a response[]" then. Id. at 1:26-27. On July 23, 2009, this court granted Bashas' motion for a continuance until August 31, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. Order (doc. 31). The court further ordered that Bashas' shall respond to the EEOC's Motion for Clarification "by no later than five court days after the bankruptcy court has authorized its retention of counsel for this matter." Id. The court being informed that the Bankruptcy Court has not yet ruled on Bashas' application to retain Steptoe & Johnson, LLP as counsel for Bashas' herein, the court, sua sponte, vacates without date the hearing currently scheduled for August 31, 2009. When this court rules on the EEOC's "Motion for Clarification that the EEOC is Exempt from Respondent Bashas' Stay of Proceedings on ... -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Bankruptcy Filing" (doc. 27), it will then reset the hearing date if necessary. DATED this 25th day of August, 2009. Copies to counsel of record -3-

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