Hines et al v. Green Tree Servicing LLC et al

Filing 52

ORDER denying 38 Motion for Sanctions; granting 44 Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery; the case will be continued and the Court will issue a new scheduling order. Signed by Judge Brian S. Miller on 6/26/09. (mkf)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION WILLIAM HINES and KYWANDA HINES v. 4:08CV00589 BSM DEFENDANTS PLAINTIFFS GREEN TREE SERVICING, LLC and GREEN TREE RECOVERY ORDER Before the court are the motion for sanctions filed by defendant Green Tree Servicing, LLC ("Green Tree") and plaintiffs' motion to extend discovery deadline. Green Tree's motion for sanctions is denied and plaintiffs' motion to extend discovery deadline is granted. Green Tree's motion for sanctions is denied because plaintiffs' allegedly sanctionable conduct has ended. In its motion for sanctions, Green Tree details its efforts to depose the pro se plaintiffs, including a letter requesting mutually agreeable deposition dates and two notices of depositions. Green Tree states that after agreeing to reschedule the depositions set for March 18, 2009, plaintiffs failed to appear on April 1, 2009. Green Tree requests that the court dismiss the case with prejudice for plaintiffs' failure to comply with requests to take plaintiffs' depositions. Alternatively, Green Tree requests attorney's fees, costs of the deposition, and the court reporter appearance fee of $103.70. Plaintiffs respond that sanctions are improper because plaintiffs were deposed by Green Tree on May 21, 2009, after plaintiffs retained counsel. Indeed, counsel for plaintiffs entered an appearance on May 6, 2009. In that plaintiffs have retained counsel and given their depositions, the motion for sanctions is denied. Plaintiffs' unopposed motion to extend the discovery deadline to permit recently retained counsel to conduct discovery is granted. This case will be continued and a new scheduling order will issue. Accordingly, defendant Green Tree Servicing, LLC's motion for sanctions (Doc. No. 38) is denied, and plaintiffs' motion to extend discovery deadline (Doc. No. 44) is granted. The court will issue a new scheduling order. IT IS SO ORDERED this 26th day of June, 2009. _______________________________ UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2

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