Mendoza et al v. Electrolux Home Products, Inc.

Filing 9

ORDER GRANTING 6 Defendant's Ex Parte Application for an Order EXTENDING Time to Respond to Complaint. Defendant shall have until 7 days after the Court's ruling on the pending Motion to Transfer (Doc. 4) to respond to the Complaint. Order signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 6/28/2017. (Timken, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 10 ERIKA MENDOZA and JAMES HUNT, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, 11 12 v. ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT’S EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR AN ORDER EXTENDING TIME TO RESPOND TO COMPLAINT PURSUANT TO LOCAL RULE 144(c) (Doc. 6) 13 14 Case No. 1:17-cv-00839-LJO-SKO ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC., Defendant. 15 _____________________________________/ 16 17 INTRODUCTION 18 19 Pending before the Court is Defendant Electrolux Home Products, Inc.’s “Ex Parte 20 Application for an Order Extending the Time to Respond to the Complaint Pursuant to Local Rule 21 144(c)” (the “Application”). (Doc. 6.) For the reasons set forth below, Defendant’s Application is 22 GRANTED. 23 24 25 26 27 28 BACKGROUND On May 19, 2017, Plaintiffs Erika Mendoza and James Hunt (collectively “Plaintiffs”) filed this putative class action against Defendant Electrolux Home Products, Inc., in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Stanislaus, alleging causes of action for violations of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Cal. Civ. Code § 1750 et seq.; Unfair Competition 1 Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq., and Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, Civ. 2 Code section 1790 et seq. (Doc. 1-1 (the “Complaint”).) Defendant accepted service of the 3 Complaint on May 30, 2017, id., and on June 22, 2017, timely removed the case to this Court. 4 (Doc. 1.) On June 23, 2017, Defendant filed a Motion to Transfer to the Middle District of 5 Pennsylvania pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) (the “Motion to Transfer”) on the basis that this 6 action should be heard in conjunction with the consolidated action currently pending there, which 7 Defendant contends involves the same allegations and claims that support the basis of Plaintiffs’ 8 claims in this case. (Doc. 4.) The Motion to Transfer is set for hearing by the Court on August 9, 9 2017. (Doc. 5.) 10 Because Defendant did not file an answer before removal, Defendant’s time to respond to 11 the Complaint is governed by Rule 81(c)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which 12 provides that Defendant must answer or present other defenses or objections under the Rules 13 within: (1) 21 days after receiving—through service or otherwise—a copy of the initial pleading 14 stating the claim for relief; (2) 21 days after being served with the summons for an initial pleading 15 on file at the time of service; or (3) 7 days after the notice of removal is filed, whichever is the 16 longest time period. See id. Here, the longest period under Rule 81(c)(2) is 7 days after 17 Defendant’s notice of removal was filed on June 22, 2017. Defendant’s deadline to respond to the 18 Complaint is, therefore, June 29, 2017. 19 20 DISCUSSION On June 27, 2017, Defendant filed its Application seeking an enlargement of its deadline 21 to respond to the Complaint in view of its pending Motion to Transfer. (Doc. 6.) Under Federal 22 Rule of Civil Procedure 6(b), “[w]hen an act may or must be done within a specified time, the 23 court may, for good cause, extend time.” Similarly, under Rule 144(c) of the Local Rules of the 24 United States District Court, Eastern District of California, “[t]he court may, in its discretion, 25 grant an initial extension” of time “ex parte upon the affidavit of counsel that a stipulation 26 extending time cannot reasonably be obtained, explaining the reasons why such a stipulation 27 cannot be obtained and the reasons why the extension is necessary.” 28 // 2 1 Defendant’s counsel has submitted an affidavit indicating that the parties were unable to 2 agree to an extension of the responsive pleading deadline. (See Doc. 7, Declaration of Caitlin C. 3 Blanche in Support of Ex Parte Application (“Blanche Decl.”) ¶¶ 5–6 and Ex. A.) Defendant 4 requests that the responsive pleading deadline be extended to allow time for the Court to rule on 5 the Motion to Transfer, and in view of Plaintiffs’ counsel’s indication that they intend to oppose 6 the Motion to Transfer and move to remand the action to state court. (Doc. 6; Blanche Decl. ¶ 5.) 7 Extending Defendant’s time to answer or otherwise respond to the Complaint until after its 8 Motion to Transfer has been ruled upon would conserve judicial resources. It does not appear that 9 Plaintiffs be prejudiced by the extension—particularly in view of their expressed intent to seek 10 remand of this action. 11 ORDER 12 13 14 15 Accordingly, the Court finds that Defendant has established good cause to warrant the extension of time and GRANTS the Application. (Doc. 6.) Based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant shall have until 7 days after the Court’s ruling on the pending Motion to Transfer (Doc. 4) to respond to the Complaint. 16 17 IT IS SO ORDERED. 18 19 Dated: June 28, 2017 /s/ Sheila K. Oberto UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 .

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