Cancino Castellar et al v. Kelly et al

Filing 185

ORDER Granting In Part 184 Joint Motion to Continue Case Management Conference ("CMC"). Telephonic CMC reset for 11/5/2021 at 11:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard. Signed by Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard on 10/4/2021. (hmw)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 11 JOSE ORLANDO CANCINO CASTELLAR, et al., 14 ORDER GRANTING IN PART JOINT MOTION TO CONTINUE CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE Plaintiffs, 12 13 Case No.: 3:17-cv-491-BAS-AHG v. ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, et al., Defendants. 15 [ECF No. 184] 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Before the Court is the parties’ Joint Motion to Continue Case Management Conference. ECF No. 184. The parties request that the Court extend the October 5 filing deadline for their Joint Case Management Statement, and the October 12 Case Management Conference. Id. Parties seeking to continue deadlines must demonstrate good cause. Chmb.R. at 2– 3 (stating that any request for continuance requires “[a] showing of good cause for the request”); see also FED. R. CIV. P. 6(b) (“When an act may or must be done within a specified time, the court may, for good cause, extend the time”). “Good cause” is a nonrigorous standard that has been construed broadly across procedural and statutory contexts. Ahanchian v. Xenon Pictures, Inc., 624 F.3d 1253, 1259 (9th Cir. 2010). The good cause standard focuses on the diligence of the party seeking to amend the scheduling order and the reasons for seeking modification. Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 1 3:17-cv-491-BAS-AHG 1 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992) (“[T]he focus of the inquiry is upon the moving party’s reasons 2 for seeking modification. . . . If that party was not diligent, the inquiry should end.”) 3 (internal citation omitted). Therefore, “a party demonstrates good cause by acting diligently 4 to meet the original deadlines set forth by the court.” Merck v. Swift Transp. Co., No. CV- 5 16-01103-PHX-ROS, 2018 WL 4492362, at *2 (D. Ariz. Sept. 19, 2018). 6 Here, the Court set a Case Management Conference for October 12, 2021, and 7 required that the parties file their Joint Case Management Statement by October 5, 2021. 8 ECF No. 181. The parties represent to the Court that, because the class certified by this 9 Court is narrower than the class proposed by Plaintiffs, Defendants are currently assessing 10 whether the scope of the class impacts the applicability of the data they produced in 11 discovery thus far, and how this may impact the proposed scheduling of discovery and 12 dispositive motion deadlines. ECF No. 184 at 2. The parties also represent that they are in 13 the process of meeting and conferring regarding a pending fact discovery matter, relating 14 to the reopening of Rule 30(b)(6) depositions concerning new documents that were 15 produced after the original Rule 30(b)(6) depositions took place. Id. Thus, the parties seek 16 a two-week extension of the filing deadline and conference, to October 19 and October 26, 17 respectively. Id. at 3. 18 As an initial matter, the parties’ motion is deficient. First, the Joint Case 19 Management Statement was due on October 5 (see ECF No. 181), but the instant motion 20 to continue that deadline was filed on October 4. ECF No. 184. By filing the motion 21 one day before the affected deadline, the parties failed to follow the Court’s Chambers 22 Rules. See Chmb.R. at 2 (requiring that “[a]ll requests for continuances must be made by 23 a joint motion no less than seven calendar days before the affected date”) (emphasis added). 24 Second, the parties failed to provide a declaration from counsel, as required by the 25 Court’s Chambers Rules. Chmb.R. at 2 (requiring that the joint motion for continuance 26 include a “declaration from counsel seeking the continuance that describes the steps taken 27 to comply with the existing deadlines, and the specific reasons why the deadlines cannot 28 be met”). The Court also notes that this is not the first time the Court has reminded the 2 3:17-cv-491-BAS-AHG 1 parties of their obligations to follow its Chambers Rules in connection with a motion to 2 continue. See ECF No. 112 at 2 n.1 (listing the shortcomings of the motion to continue, 3 including the lack of declaration). The Court will take the parties at their word without the 4 required declaration, but will not do so again. 5 Despite the joint motion’s shortcomings, the Court finds good cause to continue the 6 Case Management Conference. Thus, the parties’ joint motion is GRANTED IN PART 7 as follows: 8 1. The telephonic, counsel-only Case Management Conference originally set 9 for October 12, 2021 is RESET for November 5, 20211 at 11:00 a.m. before the Honorable 10 Allison H. Goddard. Counsel shall call the chambers teleconference line at 1-877-873-8018 11 and use 8367902 as the access code. 12 2. The parties must file a Joint Case Management Statement by 13 October 27, 2021. The Joint Case Management Statement must address all points in the 14 “Joint 15 Allison H. Goddard,” which can be found on the court website at: 16 17 agement%20Statement%20Rules.pdf. Case Management Statement Requirements for Magistrate Judge 18 19 20 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: October 4, 2021 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 The Court recognizes that the parties requested that the Case Management Conference be reset for October 26, 2021. ECF No. 184 at 3. However, that date is unavailable on the Court’s calendar. 3 3:17-cv-491-BAS-AHG

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