Mix v. King

Filing 147

ORDER DENYING 137 Plaintiff's Motion to Vacate Trial Date signed by District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on 1/5/2017. (Jessen, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 10 ROBERT D. MIX, Plaintiff, 11 12 13 14 v. AUDREY KING, Executive Director, CSH; LINDSEY CUNNINGHAM, Psychologist, CSH; DR. SALOUM, Psychiatrist, CHS, 1:13-cv-00823-AWI-MJS ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO VACATE TRIAL DATE (Doc. 137) 15 16 Defendants. 17 __________________________________/ 18 Plaintiff Robert Mix has filed a motion to vacate the trial date in this matter now 19 scheduled for January 11, 2017. Plaintiff’s motion is brought on two bases. First, Plaintiff 20 contends that Defendants’ counsel failed to meet and confer regarding exhibits. As the Court 21 understands it, the parties individually pre-marked all exhibits with the exception of one joint 22 exhibit. Doc. 130 at 2. The Court has delayed the jury trial one day in order to hold a hearing 23 resolving all other outstanding issues of law and to allow the parties to meet and confer regarding 24 exhibits. That procedure should ameliorate any prejudice that Plaintiff might otherwise suffer as 25 a result of not having met and conferred with defense counsel at an earlier date. 26 Second, Plaintiff alleges that Defendants failed to provide discovery regarding the 27 information Defendants Saloum and Cunningham considered in making their evaluations of 28 whether Patient Jackson posed a risk of violence. Doc. 137 Specifically, Plaintiff contends that 1 1 Defendants failed to provide copies of the Sexually Violent Predator (“SVP”) evaluation report, 2 prepared on May 5, 2012, by Jeremy Coles, Ph.D., and the SVP evaluation report prepared on 3 June 9, 2012, by Robert Cassidy, Ph.D., both of which were relied upon by Dr. Saloum in 4 forming her opinion on whether Patient Jackson posed a risk of violence. Further, Plaintiff 5 contends that defendants failed to provide a copy of the intake comprehensive psychiatric 6 assessment that Dr. Saloum also relied upon in forming her opinion on whether Patient Jackson 7 posed a risk of violence. 8 Plaintiff has sought these records before. See Docs. 30, 48, 58, 63. However, Plaintiff did 9 not seek the records until after the close of discovery. Despite that failure, the Magistrate Judge 10 considered Plaintiff’s request, reviewed documents (including the psychiatrist’s comprehensive 11 psychiatric assessment), and determined that good cause did not exist to reopen discovery and, in 12 any event, found that Plaintiff is not prejudiced by the decision not to reopen discovery because 13 the records reviewed by the Court were cumulative of the evidence already available to Plaintiff. 14 See Docs. 55, 80. Moreover, after the Magistrate Judge denied Plaintiff’s discovery motions, 15 Plaintiff was permitted by Local Rule 303(b) and (c) to file a motion for reconsideration to this 16 Court within fourteen days of the denial of his motions. Plaintiff failed to do so in the time 17 allowed. Even if Plaintiff had done so, the Magistrate Judge’s determination was not “clearly 18 erroneous or contrary to law.” Local Rule 303(f); see 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A); Fed. R. Civ. P. 19 72(a). 20 Aside from the fact that the Magistrate Judge’s discovery decision was correct at the time 21 and is now final, Plaintiff waited over a year from the date of his first mention to the Court of the 22 records that he now seeks to delay the trial to obtain and the date of filing of the instant motion. 23 As a result, even if the discovery requests presented in Plaintiff’s motion had not already been 24 conclusively resolved, plaintiff has failed to demonstrate that he “diligently pursued [his] 25 previous discovery opportunities” such that reopening of discovery would now be warranted. 26 Panatronic USA v. AT&T Corp., 287 F.3d 840, 846 (9th Cir. 2002). 27 /// 28 2 1 Based on the foregoing, Plaintiff’s motion to vacate the trial date is DENIED. 2 3 IT IS SO ORDERED. 4 Dated: January 5, 2017 SENIOR DISTRICT JUDGE 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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