Susanville Indian Rancheria v. Leavitt et al

Filing 17

ORDER extending the parties' 2006 Annual Funding Agreement until a ruling on Plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction issues. A hearing will be held on Plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction on February 26, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. Defendants shall file a response to Plaintiff's motion no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 20, 2007, and Plaintiff shall file a reply no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 22, 2007. Each side's summary judgment motion shall be filed no later than March 6, 2007, oppositions shall be filed no later than March 20, 2007, and a hearing shall be held on April 2, 2007 at 9:00 a.m.(Bettencourt, Karen)

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Susanville Indian Rancheria v. Leavitt et al Doc. 17 Case 2:07-cv-00259-GEB-DAD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 v. Document 17 Filed 02/14/2007 Page 1 of 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SUSANVILLE INDIAN RANCHERIA, Plaintiff, MIKE LEAVITT, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services; CHARLES W. GRIM, Director of the Indian Health Service; and MARGO KERRIGAN, Area Director of the California Area Office of the Indian Health Service; Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 2:07-cv-259-GEB-DAD ORDER After 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2007, Plaintiff filed a motion for a temporary restraining order ("TRO") and a motion for a preliminary injunction in which Plaintiff requests that Defendants be "restrained and enjoined from excluding the Tribe's pharmacy services component from the programs authorized under the Tribe's self-governance Compact and Calendar Year 2007 Funding Agreement, which by operation of law went into effect on January 29, 2007, and [be] directed to sign the Compact and CY 2007 Funding Agreement and provide such funding as is authorized under these agreements without 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:07-cv-00259-GEB-DAD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Document 17 Filed 02/14/2007 Page 2 of 3 imposing any condition that would prevent the Tribe from charging beneficiaries for services." (Pl.'s Proposed TRO at 1-2.) An order issued late February 9, 2007 requiring Defendants to file a response to Plaintiff's TRO no later than 12:00 p.m. on February 13, 2007. A hearing on the TRO commenced at 1:00 p.m. on February 14, 2007, and ended at approximately 3:10 p.m. During the hearing, Defendants agreed to further extend the parties' 2006 Annual Funding Agreement, which expires on February 15, 2007, until the Court issues a ruling on Plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction. Plaintiff rejected that offer through a counter-offer in which Plaintiff sought to require Defendants to sign the 2007 Compact and Funding Agreement (which Plaintiff contends went into effect, without the pharmacy services provision, by operation of law on January 29, 2007) or to provide assurances that the portions of the 2007 Compact and Funding Agreement that the parties have already agreed upon will not be modified. Plaintiff agreed to extend only the pharmacy services provision of the 2006 Annual Funding Agreement. Defendants rejected Plaintiff's counter-offer. Defendants also argued that the 2007 Compact and Funding Agreement that Plaintiff contends went into effect on January 29, 2007, is not effective because the Compact has not been signed due to Plaintiff's failure to comply with 25 U.S.C. 458aaa-6(c)(1)(D). Because it appears that the status quo will change significantly as of tomorrow when the 2006 Annual Funding Agreement expires, and because Plaintiff's TRO motion raises complicated statutory interpretation issues that cannot reasonably be resolved before then, the status quo will be preserved as agreed by Defendants at the hearing; therefore, the 2006 Annual Funding Agreement is 2 Case 2:07-cv-00259-GEB-DAD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dated: Document 17 Filed 02/14/2007 Page 3 of 3 extended until a ruling on Plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction issues. A hearing will be held on Plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction on February 26, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. Defendants shall file a response to Plaintiff's motion no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 20, 2007, and Plaintiff shall file a reply no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 22, 2007. Further, since the parties appeared to agree at the hearing to an expedited briefing schedule for summary judgment motions, each side's summary judgment motion shall be filed no later than March 6, 2007; oppositions shall be filed no later than March 20, 2007; replies shall be filed no later than March 27, 2007; and a hearing shall be held on April 2, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. IT IS SO ORDERED. February 14, 2007 GARLAND E. BURRELL, JR. United States District Judge 3

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