Grady et al v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation et al

Filing 126

ORDER, Plaintiffs' motion to extend time to file a response 113 is granted to the extent that the Court has considered Plaintiffs' response filed at Doc. 115; the Levin Defendants' motion to preclude damages calculation 106 is deni ed; Plaintiffs' motion to extend 115 is granted such that the deadlines are extended as follows (any deadlines not specifically referenced in this Order are not extended): The party with the burden of proof shall disclose experts by 12/31/12; The responding party shall disclose experts by 1/31/13; Rebuttal experts disclosures are due by 2/15/13; Discovery closes 3/15/13; and Dispositive motions are due by 4/19/13. Signed by Judge James A Teilborg on 12/20/12. (REW)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ) ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) vs. ) ) Bank of Elmwood; Elmwood Financial) Corporation; Jonathan Levin; Sarah Levin,) ) ) Defendants. _________________________________ ) ) Tri City National Bank, ) ) Counterclaimant, ) ) vs. ) ) Michael Grady and Jennifer Grady, ) ) Counterdefendant. _________________________________ ) The Federal Deposit Insurance) Corporation as Receiver for Bank of) ) Elmwood, ) ) Intervenor. ) Michael Grady; Jennifer Grady, No. CV 11-2060-PHX-JAT ORDER 23 24 Pending before the Court are Plaintiffs’ motion to extend deadlines and the Levin 25 Defendants’ motion to strike Plaintiffs’ damages calculation. This is not the first time this 26 issue has been before the Court. Specifically, on September 11, 2012, the Court issued the 27 following Order: 28 Pending before the Court is Jonathan and Sarah Levin’s motion to preclude 1 Plaintiffs’ experts for not having been timely disclosed. Alternatively, the Levins seeks an extension of the expert disclosure deadlines. 2 3 4 5 6 IT IS ORDERED that the Levins’ motion for expedited consideration (Doc. 88) is granted. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the motion to preclude (Doc. 87) is denied, without prejudice, as premature. Specifically, it does not appear that Plaintiffs have attempted to rely on any expert. If at any point in the future Plaintiffs attempt to so rely, Defendants may move to strike the expert’s opinion (if it supports or opposes a motion), or move in limine to preclude the expert(s) at trial. 7 Doc. 89. 8 Then, on October 1, 2012, the Court issued the following Order: 9 10 11 12 On September 11, 2012, this Court denied the Levin Defendants’ motion to preclude Plaintiffs’ experts as premature. Specifically, the Court held that there was nothing pending before the Court (like a response to a motion for summary judgment) in which Plaintiffs rely on an expert. Thus, it is unclear to the Court whether in the context of a dispositive motion or at trial Plaintiffs will attempt to rely on an expert. Accordingly, the Court concluded that any ruling on this issue at this time amounts to an advisory opinion. 13 14 15 16 17 Unsatisfied with this conclusion, the Levin Defendants move for reconsideration. Specifically, the Levin Defendants argue that the Court must preclude any future, hypothetical use of the experts now, otherwise the Levins will be forced to incur the expense of retaining their own experts. While the Court is sympathetic to the Levins’ desire to minimize costs, that will not justify the Court issuing advisory opinions. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the motion for clarification (Doc. 90) is denied. 18 Doc. 92. 19 The Levin Defendants’, apparently still dissatisfied with the two above quoted orders, 20 have now tried a different strategy: to have this Court strike Plaintiffs’ damages calculation. 21 The Levin Defendants do not elaborate on what exactly this Court would be striking. For 22 example, Plaintiffs in their response indicate that they made some damages disclosures in 23 their initial disclosures. The Levin Defendants have no specifics on whether this is true, and 24 whether this is what they seek to strike. 25 Instead, in reading the Levin Defendants’ Reply, it seems that the Levin Defendants 26 are attempting to obtain an order that Plaintiffs may not disclose a damages calculation at this 27 time because any such disclosure would be late. From Plaintiffs’ response, it seems Plaintiffs 28 -2- 1 agree that the expert deadline has expired and that Plaintiffs did not disclose an expert on 2 damages within this deadline. Neither party discusses whether an expert would be required 3 for any damages calculation. 4 First, the Court will deny the Levin Defendants’ motion for being too vague to obtain 5 relief. If a party seeks to strike something, such party must identify in detail on an item by 6 item basis what exactly the party is seeking to strike, and the Levin Defendants have not 7 given this Court any detail in their motion. 8 Second, the Court suspects the Levin Defendants did not move with any specificity 9 because they are again seeking an advisory opinion. In other words, they do not have any 10 instance of Plaintiffs attempting to rely on a particular measure of damages, but instead seek 11 to have this Court strike, hypothetically and in the future, any damages Plaintiffs might have. 12 Again, without Plaintiffs attempting to rely on a measure of damages, and without the Court 13 being presented with concrete evidence of when any disclosure and calculation of such 14 damages were made, the Court cannot issue a ruling finding that each particular disclosure 15 was untimely; and, thus, that each particular element of damages is stricken. Therefore, the 16 motion (which is in fact a second motion for reconsideration) will be denied. 17 As indicated above, also pending is Plaintiffs’ motion to extend deadlines, particularly 18 the expert deadlines. Plaintiffs never mention when the expert deadlines expired. The Levin 19 Defendants reply and argue that the “disclosure” deadlines have expired (Doc. 118 at 4-5), 20 but never specify whether they object to an extension of the expert deadlines. However, the 21 Levin Defendants do object to an extension of the “disclosure” deadlines.1 Based on the 22 Court’s own review of the record, the Court has determined the current discovery deadline 23 is January 31, 2013 and the current dispositive motion deadline is February 21, 2013. 24 25 26 27 28 1 The Levin Defendants state, “Plaintiffs’ Response and Motion is nothing more than a motion to extend time to disclose damages. This motion, however, was made after the time to disclose expired.” Doc. 118 at 5. The Levin Defendants mention that initial disclosures were due January 25, 2012 (Doc. 118 at 2). Thus, this may be the “disclosure” deadline the Levin Defendants object to extending. -3- 1 Further, based on the amended scheduling Order at Doc. 58, it appears that initial 2 expert disclosures were due August 31, 2012, responsive experts were due October 1, 2012 3 and rebuttal experts were due November 15, 2012. Plaintiffs’ motion to extend deadlines 4 was filed November 19, 2012 — after all of these deadlines expired. 5 To extend an expired deadline set by the Court under its Rule 16 case management 6 order, the moving party must meet Rule 16’s good cause standard.2 To meet its burden 7 under Rule 16’s “good cause” standard, the movant may be required to show: 12 (1) that [the movant] was diligent in assisting the Court in creating a workable Rule 16 [O]rder; (2) that [the movant’s] noncompliance with a Rule 16 deadline occurred or will occur, notwithstanding [the movant’s] diligent efforts to comply, because of the development of matters which could not have been reasonably foreseen or anticipated at the time of the Rule 16 scheduling conference; and (3) that [the movant] was diligent in seeking amendment of the Rule 16 [O]rder, once it became apparent that [the movant] could not comply with the [O]rder. 13 Jackson v. Laureate, Inc., 186 F.R.D. 605, 608 (E.D. Cal. 1999). The Ninth Circuit has also 14 recognized that, “[t]he district court may modify the pretrial schedule ‘if it cannot reasonably 15 be met despite the diligence of the party seeking the extension.’” Johnson v. Mammoth 16 Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992). However, “carelessness is not 17 compatible with a finding of diligence and offers no reason for a grant of relief.” Id. 18 “Although the existence or degree of prejudice to the party opposing the modification might 19 supply additional reasons to deny a motion, the focus of the inquiry is upon the moving 20 party’s reasons for seeking modification . . . . If that party was not diligent, the inquiry 21 should end.” Id. (internal citations omitted). 8 9 10 11 22 Here, Plaintiffs argue that they could not meet the expert disclosure deadlines because 23 they were litigating their multiple requests to amend and attempting to avoid the Trustee sale 24 of the house; thus, they could not accurately measure their damages until the Court ruled that 25 26 27 28 2 The Levin Defendants argue that Plaintiffs must meet an excusable neglect standard under Rule 6 of the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure. Generally, courts apply the Rule 6 test to deadlines set by the Rules, not deadlines set by the Court as part of its Rule 16 case management obligations. -4- 1 they could not bring their TILA claims and the Trustee sale went forward. 2 Certainly, the more prudent course would have been for Plaintiffs to move to extend 3 these deadlines before they expired and explain at that time that the damages calculations 4 would be influenced by the pending issues. However, the Court cannot say that Plaintiffs 5 were not diligently pursuing these issues, nor can the Court conclude that Plaintiffs are not 6 being genuine in explaining why their damages expert was not timely disclosed. 7 Accordingly, the Court will grant Plaintiffs the extension they seek in their motion as 8 specified below. 9 Based on the foregoing, 10 IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ motion to extend time to file a response (Doc. 113) 11 is granted to the extent that the Court has considered Plaintiffs’ response filed at Doc. 115. 12 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Levin Defendants’ motion to preclude 13 damages calculation (Doc. 106) is denied. 14 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED Plaintiffs’ motion to extend (Doc. 115) is granted such 15 that the deadlines are extended as follows (any deadlines not specifically referenced in this 16 Order are not extended): 17 The party with the burden of proof shall disclose experts by December 31, 2012; 18 The responding party shall disclose experts by January 31, 2013; 19 Rebuttal experts disclosures are due by February 15, 2013. 20 Discovery closes March 15, 2013; and 21 Dispositive motions are due by April 19, 2013. 22 DATED this 20th day of December, 2012. 23 24 25 26 27 28 -5-

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