Johnson v. Arkansas, State of et al
ORDER granting 37 Defendant State of Arkansas Motion to Stay; granting in part and denying in part 39 Plaintiff's Motion to Extend Time. Johnson's time for responding to 29 Motion to Dismiss filed by City of Pocahontas is extended up to twenty-one days after the City of Pocahontas responds to his discovery requests. Johnson's motion for extension of time is denied as to the State of Arkansas. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 06/25/2013. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JACKIE D. JOHNSON
No. 3:13CV00063 JLH
STATE OF ARKANSAS; and
CITY OF POCAHONTAS, ARKANSAS
The State of Arkansas and the City of Pocahontas have filed motions to dismiss. The State
of Arkansas has filed a motion to stay discovery or for an extension of time to respond to discovery,
and Johnson has filed a motion for an extension of time to respond to the motions to dismiss.
The State of Arkansas’s motion to stay is granted. Document #37. Because the State of
Arkansas’s motion to dismiss is based on legal grounds, specifically that the State of Arkansas is
immune from suit, discovery cannot affect the outcome of that motion.
The motion to dismiss filed by the City of Pocahontas, however, attacks the sufficiency of the
allegations in the complaint. Johnson contends that with some discovery he can amend the complaint
so as to rectify any deficiencies in the allegations. Therefore, as to the City of Pocahontas, Johnson’s
motion for extension of time is granted. Document #39. Johnson’s time for responding to the motion
to dismiss filed by the City of Pocahontas is extended up to twenty-one (21) days after the City of
Pocahontas responds to his discovery requests. Johnson’s motion for extension of time is denied as
to the State of Arkansas.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 25th day of June, 2013.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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