Taylor v. Kansas City Southern Railway Company
ORDER denying 35 Motion to Stay. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on April 28, 2021. (mll)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
WILLIE M. TAYLOR
Case No. 4:19-cv-4129
KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY
Before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion to Suspend the Scheduling Order. (ECF No. 35).
Defendant filed a response. (ECF No. 36). The Court finds the matter ripe for consideration.
On April 9, 2021, Plaintiff filed the instant motion to suspend the scheduling order due to
the recent death of Plaintiff, Willie M. Taylor. The trial is currently set for April 18, 2022, with
the discovery deadline set for December 19, 2021. (ECF No. 33). The parties are set to meet on
September 20, 2021, to make their initial expert disclosures. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 25, a motion for substitution may be made by any party or by the decedent’s successor
or representative and must be made within ninety (90) days after service of a statement noting
death. Fed. R. Civ. P. 25. On April 5, 2021, Plaintiff filed a Notice of Death of Plaintiff. (ECF No.
34). Pursuant to FRCP 25, Plaintiff has until July 4, 2021, to substitute a party in place of Mr.
Taylor. The Court does not find that suspending the current scheduling order would alleviate the
substitution deadline, and thus would only cause further delay in the proceedings.
Accordingly, the Court finds that the instant motion should be and hereby is DENIED. The
Scheduling Order (ECF No. 33) will remain in effect.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 28th day of April, 2021.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Susan O. Hickey
Chief United States District Judge
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