Pinon v. Tristar Products, Inc.

Filing 46

ORDER DENYING Ex Parte Application to Amend Scheduling Order and Requiring Plaintiff to File a Noticed Motion signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 5/17/2017. (Sant Agata, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 EDWINA PINON, individually and on behalf of all persons similarly situated, Case No. 1:16 -cv-00331-DAD-SAB ORDER DENYING EX PARTE APPLICATION TO AMEND SCHEDULING ORDER AND REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO FILE A NOTICED MOTION 12 Plaintiff, 13 v. 14 TRISTAR PRODUCTS, INC., (ECF No. 45) 15 Defendant. 16 17 18 On May 16, 2017, Plaintiff filed an ex parte application to amend the scheduling order so 19 she can file an amended complaint. In the application, Plaintiff states that Defendant likely will 20 not oppose the motion but would not stipulate to the filing of the amended complaint because the 21 deadline to file an amended complaint was past. 22 Plaintiff’s application to amend the scheduling order is an inappropriate use of an ex 23 parte application. “The expression ‘ex parte motion’ is a term of art. In its pure form it means a 24 request a party makes to the court without any notice to the other side.” Mission Power Eng’g 25 Co. v. Cont'l Cas. Co., 883 F. Supp. 488, 490 (C.D. Cal. 1995). “Ex parte relief is generally 26 disfavored when relief may be had through a regularly noticed motion.” Hufnagle v. Rino Int'l 27 Corp., No. CV 10-08695 DDP VBKX, 2012 WL 6553743, at *1 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 14, 2012). The 28 Local Rules of the Eastern District recognize limited situations in which ex parte applications 1 1 may be filed: ex parte motions to extend time where the a stipulation cannot reasonably be 2 obtained as where a defendant has not been served or where there is an application to shorten 3 time (L.R. 144 (c) (e); injunctive relief (L.R. 231); and default judgment (L.R. 540). Plaintiff’s 4 request does not fall within any of these situations. Consistent with the Local Rules, the process 5 by which the Court could entertain such requests would be to for a party to file a motion to 6 amend the scheduling order and submit with that motion an application for an order shortening 7 time to hear the matter, with notice to the opposing party, and on good cause. To the extent that 8 the motion needs to be heard on shortened time due to the pending deadline to file a motion for 9 class certification, Plaintiff is directed to Local Rule 144(e). Alternatively, the parties may 10 stipulate to amend the scheduling order. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s ex parte application to amend the scheduling order is HEREBY 11 12 DENIED without prejudice. Plaintiff shall file a noticed motion or the parties may seek to 13 amend the scheduling order by stipulation. 14 15 IT IS SO ORDERED. 16 Dated: May 17, 2017 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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