(SS) Lewis v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER re: 12 Stipulated Motion to Modify Scheduling Order, signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on May 10, 2022. The parties' 21 stipulated motion to modify the schedule is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall have until July 15, 2022, to file the opening brief. All remaining deadlines as set forth in the 11 amended scheduling order shall be modified accordingly. (Rivera, O)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MICHAEL B. LEWIS,
Case No. 1:21-cv-01243-DAD-SAB
ORDER RE: STIPULATED MOTION TO
MODIFY SCHEDULING ORDER
(ECF Nos. 11, 12)
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,
On May 9, 2022, the parties submitted a stipulated request for an extension of time,
which the Court construes as a stipulated motion to modify the scheduling order. (ECF No. 12.)
The parties seek a sixty-day extension of time to file Plaintiff’s opening brief from May 16,
2022, to July 15, 2022. The parties proffer good cause exists for the following reasons: (1)
counsel underwent major orthopedic surgery on March 17, 2022, is dealing with post-operation
pain and secondary effects of medications, and is working shorter periods throughout the day
with significant breaks throughout, and is undergoing twelve weeks of physical therapy for four
days per week; (2) Social Security filings in federal court have increased due to an increase in
appeals council decisions, an increase in hearings at the administrative levels, and delays in
production of transcripts resulting from shelter-in-place mandates and Court-ordered stays due to
the pandemic; and as a result counsel has received a “greater-than-usual” number of answers and
certified administrative records from Defendant, including over fifty-six cases in February and
March 2022; (3) counsel for Plaintiff has twenty merit briefs due during the weeks of May 2 and
May 9, 2022, along with several letter briefs and reply briefs; and (4) another attorney with the
firm, Dolly Trompeter, is currently out of state due to her father’s medical condition and as a
result counsel has taken on additional matters compounding his need for an extension. (Id. at 1–
2.) While the Court is typically more inclined to grant a thirty-day extension than the sixty-day
extension requested here, the Court is sufficiently satisfied that good cause exists to grant the
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
The parties’ stipulated motion to modify the schedule (ECF No. 12) is
Plaintiff shall have until July 15, 2022, to file the opening brief; and
All remaining deadlines as set forth in the amended scheduling order (ECF No.
11) shall be modified accordingly.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
May 10, 2022
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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