Scott v. Palmer et al
ORDER Partially Granting 42 Motion and Staying Discovery Pending Receipt of Plaintiff's Response to Motion to Stay and Motion for Summary Judgment, signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 9/2/11. Forty-Five Day Response Deadline. (Gonzalez, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CASE NO. 1:09-cv-01329-SKO PC
ORDER PARTIALLY GRANTING MOTION
AND STAYING DISCOVERY PENDING
RECEIPT OF PLAINTIFF’S RESPONSE TO
MOTION TO STAY AND MOTION FOR
J. PALMER, et al.,
FORTY-FIVE DAY RESPONSE DEADLINE
Plaintiff Floyd Scott, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, filed this civil rights action pursuant
to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on July 29, 2009. This action is proceeding against Defendants Palmer, Rivera,
and Lopez for excessive force, in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the United States
Constitution. Defendants filed an answer on June 27, 2011, and this action is subject to the
scheduling order filed on June 28, 2011. On August 30, 2011, Defendants filed a motion for
summary judgment and on August 31, 2011, Defendants filed a motion seeking to stay discovery
pending resolution of their motion for summary judgment or a thirty-day extension of time to
respond to Plaintiff’s discovery requests in the event their motion to stay is denied.
Plaintiff served Defendants with requests for admission, interrogatories, and a request for the
production of documents on July 17, 2011. Pursuant to the scheduling order, Defendants’ responses
are due on or before September 6, 2011. Fed. R. Civ. P. 6; Discovery and Scheduling Order, ¶2.
The Court will partially grant Defendants’ request to stay discovery, pending Plaintiff’s response to
their motions to stay and for summary judgment.
If Plaintiff needs discovery to oppose Defendants’ motion for summary judgment, he is
entitled to it. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(d). If Plaintiff believes he cannot oppose the motion for summary
judgment on the merits without discovery, however, the burden is on him to review Defendants’
motion, determine what discovery is necessary to oppose the motion, and make the requisite showing
in a Rule 56(d) motion.1
Accordingly, for the reasons set forth above, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:
Defendants’ motion to stay discovery, filed August 31, 2011, is partially granted and
discovery is stayed pending Plaintiff’s response to Defendants’ motions to stay and
for summary judgment; and
Within forty-five (45) days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff shall file
(1) a response to Defendants’ motion to stay and (2) either a response to Defendants’
motion for summary judgment on the merits or a Rule 56(d) motion.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 2, 2011
/s/ Sheila K. Oberto
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Rule 56(d), formerly Rule 56(f), provides, “If a nonmovant shows by affidavit or declaration that, for
specified reasons, it cannot present facts essential to justify its opposition, the court may: (1) defer considering the
motion or deny it; (2) allow time to obtain affidavits or declarations or to take discovery; or (3) issue any other
appropriate order.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(d). To prevail on a Rule 56(d) motion, Plaintiff must file a timely motion
specifically identifying the relevant information sought, where there is some basis for believing that the information
actually exists. Blough v. Holland Realty, Inc., 574 F.3d 1084, 1091 n.5 (9th Cir. 2009) (quotation marks and
citation omitted). Plaintiff must demonstrate that the evidence sought actually exists and that it would prevent
summary judgment. Blough, 574 F.3d at 1091 n.5 (quotation marks and citation omitted).
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