Fahy v. Tarbox et al
ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR ORDER TO ENLARGE TIME FOR AMENDING COMPLAINT. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on August 10, 2010. (mmclc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/10/2010)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
FRANK FAHY, Plaintiff, v. ORPHEOS TARBOX, et al., Defendants /
No. C-09-1420 MMC ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR ORDER TO ENLARGE TIME FOR AMENDING COMPLAINT
United States District Court
Before the Court is plaintiff Frank Fahy's "Motion for Order to Enlarge Time for Amending Complaint," filed July 30, 2010, by which motion plaintiff seeks an extension of the August 2, 2010 deadline to file a motion to amend the pleadings.1 Defendants have not filed a response. Having read and considered the motion, the Court hereby rules as follows. A scheduling order, such as an order setting a deadline to file a motion to amend, may be modified only upon a showing of "good cause" by the party seeking the modification. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4). "Rule 16(b)'s `good cause' standard primarily considers the diligence of the party seeking the amendment." Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992). A "district court may modify the pretrial schedule if it cannot reasonably be met despite the diligence of the party seeking The deadline is set forth in the Civil Minutes filed May 28, 2010.
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the extension." Id. (internal quotation and citation omitted). In his motion, plaintiff asserts he needs further time to determine whether grounds to amend may exist. Plaintiff does not indicate the nature of any proposed amendment, however. In the absence of a showing as to the nature of the proposed amendment, the Court cannot determine whether plaintiff has been diligent. Cf. Johnson, 975 F.2d at 609 (affirming district court's finding plaintiff had not been diligent in seeking leave to amend, where plaintiff was aware of basis for proposed new claim before deadline to amend had passed). Accordingly, plaintiff's motion for an enlargement of time is hereby DENIED without prejudice. IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: August 10, 2010
MAXINE M. CHESNEY United States District Judge
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