Height Street Skilled Care, LLC v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company et al

Filing 58

STIPULATION and ORDER 57 Modifying Case Management Dates, signed by Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker on 3/26/2024. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 HEIGHT STREET SKILLED CARE, LLC., Plaintiff, 12 13 Case No. 1:21-cv-01247-JLT-CDB ORDER ON STIPULATION MODIFYING CASE MANAGEMENT DATES v. (Doc. 57) 14 LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 Plaintiff initiated this action with the filing of a complaint against Defendants in state court. 19 Defendant Liberty Mutual Insurance Company removed the action to this court on August 16, 20 2021. (Doc. 1). On November 1, 2023, the Court entered the operative scheduling order setting 21 forth all discovery, motion and trial dates. (Doc. 53). 22 Pending before the Court is the parties’ first stipulated request to amend the scheduling 23 order. (Doc. 57). The stipulated request sets out that the parties have diligently conducted 24 discovery, but numerous depositions and discovery disputes remain. In addition, the parties are 25 actively considering the benefits of a settlement conference and would benefit from additional 26 time to facilitate their decision. Id. Finally, the parties note that the requested extensions would 27 not impact the presently scheduled dispositive motion filing and trial dates. 28 The Court finds good cause to grant the requested extensions with three caveats. First, as 1 1 the Court expressed during the recent mid-discovery status conference (Doc. 56), because the 2 parties’ request for relief is due in part to their anticipation of discovery disputes, they are directed 3 to pursue the Court’s informal discovery dispute resolution procedures and to timely present 4 unresolved discovery disputes before the close of non-expert discovery. Second, the parties are 5 directed to efficiently manage both discovery and their desire to pursue settlement options within 6 the expanded timeframe for discovery granted herein. Finally, the parties are directed to review 7 the scheduling order which, among other things, sets forth that stipulations seeking extensions of 8 case management dates must be accompanied by affidavits or declarations establishing good 9 cause for granting the relief requested. (Doc. 53 at 7-8). No further requests for modification of 10 case management dates will be considered by the Court unless the parties comply with this 11 provision. 12 Conclusion and Order 13 For the forgoing reasons and for good cause appearing, the scheduling order (Doc. 53) is 14 modified to the extent of establishing new deadlines as follows: 15 1. Fact Discovery Cut-Off is extended from June 28, 2024, to November 8, 2024. 16 2. Expert Disclosures are extended from July 12, 2024, to September 27, 2024. 17 3. Rebuttal Expert Disclosures are extended from August 12, 2024, to October 18, 2024. 18 4. Expert Discovery Cut-Off is extended from September 9, 2024, to November 8, 2024. 19 5. Non-Dispositive Motion filing deadline is extended from September 20, 2024, to October 18, 2024. 20 21 6. Non-Dispositive Motion hearing deadline is extended from October 18, 2024, to November 15, 2024. 22 23 IT IS SO ORDERED. 24 Dated: March 26, 2024 ___________________ _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 25 26 27 28 2

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