Johnson v. United States

Filing 97

ORDER GRANTING 95 Defendant's second motion for an extension of time to complete discovery and directing the parties to comply with standing order with respect to any discovery dispute. The new expert discovery cut-off is January 12, 2012, and the new deadline for hearing any dispositive motions is March 1, 2012. Signed by Judge Laurel Beeler on 01/03/2012. (lblc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/3/2012)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 Northern District of California 10 Oakland Division JAMES ELLIS JOHNSON, 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 Plaintiff, 13 14 v. UNITED STATES, 15 Defendant. No. C 10-00647 LB ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT’S SECOND MOTION FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO COMPLETE DISCOVERY AND DIRECTING PARTIES TO COMPLY WITH STANDING ORDER WITH RESPECT TO ANY DISCOVERY DISPUTE 16 _____________________________________/ [Re: ECF Nos. 95, 96] 17 18 On December 15, 2011, this court granted Defendant’s motion to extend the expert discovery 19 cut-off from December 15, 2011 to December 29, 2011 and the deadline for hearing any dispositive 20 motions from February 2, 2012 to February 16, 2012. Order Granting Defendant’s First Request for 21 Extension of Time, ECF No. 94.1 22 On December 29, 2011 – the current expert discovery cut-off – Defendant filed a second motion 23 to extend the deadlines. Motion, ECF No. 95. Defendant proposed that the court extend the expert 24 discovery cut-off from December 29, 2011 to January 12, 2012 and the deadline for hearing any 25 dispositive motions from February 16, 2012 to March 1, 2012. Id. at 3. The reason for this request 26 is that Dr. Small apparently is unavailable for a deposition until January 10, 2012 (a date which 27 28 1 Citations are to the Electronic Case File (“ECF”) with pin cites to the electronic page number at the top of the document, not the pages at the bottom. C 10-00647 LB 1 Defendant has now reserved). Id. at 2. 2 Plaintiff opposed Defendant’s motion. Opposition, ECF No. 96. He questions why Defendant 3 did not find out Dr. Small’s availability before requesting the first extension of time. Id. at 1. Fair 4 enough, but the court does not believe that minor oversight should prevent Defendant’s proposed 5 extension now. Accordingly, the court GRANTS Defendant’s motion. The new expert discovery 6 cut-off is January 12, 2012 and the new deadline for hearing any dispositive motions is March 1, 7 2012. All other pending deadlines, such as the May 21, 2012 trial date, remain the same. 8 Finally, the court notes that Plaintiff devotes much of his opposition to his problems with certain 9 of Defendant’s discovery responses and Defendant’s actions during the discovery process. See id. at extent that Plaintiff and Defendant have any discovery disputes, they are directed to comply with the 12 For the Northern District of California 2-3. As the court noted at the December 15, 2011 Further Case Management Conference, to the 11 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 10 procedures set forth in the undersigned’s Standing Order. 13 This disposes of ECF No. 95. 14 IT IS SO ORDERED. 15 Dated: January 3, 2012 _______________________________ LAUREL BEELER United States Magistrate Judge 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 C 10-00647 LB 2

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