Stewart v. Holland et al
ORDER GRANTING Defendants' Second Ex Parte Request to Modify the Discovery and Scheduling Order signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 9/26/2018. (Sant Agata, S)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No.: 1:14-cv-00322-DAD-BAM (PC)
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS’
SECOND EX PARTE REQUEST TO MODIFY
THE DISCOVERY AND SCHEDULING
K. HOLLAND, et al.,
(Doc. No. 73)
Plaintiff Tracy Stewart is a state prisoner who is currently proceeding pro se and in forma
pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
On October 4, 2017, the Court issued a discovery and scheduling order. (Doc. No. 38.)
Very shortly thereafter, this matter was stayed pending Alternative Dispute Resolution. On
February 8, 2018, the stay was lifted, and the discovery and scheduling order deadlines were
amended. (Doc. No. 54.)
On July 18, 2018, Defendants sought an extension of certain deadlines in the discovery
and scheduling order. (Doc. No. 67.) On July 19, 2018, that order was granted. (Doc. No. 68.)
Currently before the Court is Defendants’ second ex parte request to modify the discovery
and scheduling order, filed on September 25, 2018. (Doc. No. 73.) The Court finds that no
response to the motion is necessary, and Plaintiff shall not be prejudiced by consideration of the
motion. Local Rule 230(l).
Defendants seek for the Court to vacate the deadlines for the completion of discovery and
filing any dispositive motions other than a motion for summary judgment for the failure to
exhaust administrative remedies. Defendants assert that they require the Court’s ruling on the
pending motion for summary judgment for the failure to exhaust administrative remedies, as that
ruling will potentially narrow the issues for Plaintiff’s deposition and other discovery, and will
allow for a streamlined subsequent summary judgment motion, if any.
The Court finds good cause to grant the request, based on Defendants’ diligence,
efficiency, and judicial economy. Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4).
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:
Defendants’ second ex parte request to modify the discovery and scheduling order
(Doc. No. 73), is granted;
The discovery deadline of October 2, 2018, and the dispositive motion deadline of
December 3, 2018, are vacated; and
The Court will order new deadlines following a ruling on Defendants’ motion for
summary judgment for the failure to exhaust administrative remedies.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 26, 2018
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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