Anderson v. Gonzales et al
ORDER GRANTING 43 Defendants' Motion to Modify Discovery and Scheduling Order and ORDER VACATING the Scheduling Order 34 signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 7/7/2017. (Jessen, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
JOSEPH E. ANDERSON,
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS’
MOTION TO MODIFY DISCOVERY AND
(ECF No. 43)
A. GONZALES, et al.,
Case No. 1:14-cv-00362-AWI-BAM (PC)
ORDER VACATING THE SCHEDULING
(ECF No. 34)
Plaintiff Joseph E. Anderson (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in
forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action proceeds on
Plaintiff’s second amended complaint against Defendant Laita for excessive force in violation of
the Eighth Amendment, and against Defendant Gonzales for failure to intervene in the use of
excessive force in violation of the Eighth Amendment and failure to protect Plaintiff from assault
at the hands of another inmate in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
On August 29, 2016, the Court issued a discovery and scheduling order setting the
deadline for all dispositive motions (other than a motion for summary judgment for failure to
exhaust) for July 10, 2017. (ECF No. 34.)
On November 28, 2016, Defendants Laita and Gonzales filed a motion for summary
judgment on exhaustion grounds. (ECF No. 36.) Plaintiff filed his opposition, (ECF No. 39), and
Defendants filed their reply, (ECF No. 40). That motion is pending.
Currently before the Court is Defendants’ timely motion to modify the discovery and
scheduling order. (ECF No. 43.) Although Plaintiff has not had an opportunity to respond to
Defendants’ motion, the Court finds a response unnecessary. Local Rule 230(l).
Defendants assert that it would be a waste of the parties’ and the Court’s resources to
require Defendants to file a motion for summary judgment on the merits before the pending
motion for summary judgment on exhaustion grounds has been decided. If the motion is granted,
Defendant Laita will be dismissed from this action and there will be no need for him to file a
motion for summary judgment on the merits. Conversely, if the exhaustion motion is denied,
Defendants can avoid filing piecemeal dispositive motions. (ECF No. 43.)
Having considered the request, the Court finds good cause to vacate the dispositive
motion deadline in the August 29, 2016, scheduling order. Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4).
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that the dispositive motion deadline set forth in
the August 29, 2016, scheduling order is VACATED. Once the motion for summary judgment
on exhaustion grounds has been resolved, the Court will issue an amended discovery and
scheduling order for the filing of dispositive motions.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
July 7, 2017
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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