Lackman v. Blazin Wings, Inc. et al

Filing 51

ORDER: (1) granting 50 Joint Motion to vacate pretrial disclosure deadlines and Final Pretrial Conference; and (2) Sua sponte resetting Mandatory Settlement Conference to take place in person. Mandatory Settlement Conference set for 10/5/2021 at 2:00pm. Signed by Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard on 9/09/2021. (jpp)

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Case 3:20-cv-01256-BEN-AHG Document 51 Filed 09/09/21 PageID.1505 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 CASSANDRA LACKMAN, Case No.: 3:20-cv-1256-BEN-AHG Plaintiff, 12 13 v. 14 ORDER: BLAZIN WINGS, INC., et al., 15 (1) GRANTING JOINT MOTION TO VACATE PRETRIAL DISCLOSURE DEADLINES AND FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE; and Defendants. 16 17 (2) SUA SPONTE RESETTING MANDATORY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE IN PERSON 18 19 20 [ECF No. 50] 21 22 23 Before the Court is the parties’ Joint Motion to Modify Pretrial Disclosure 24 Deadlines and the Final Pretrial Conference. ECF No. 50. Both parties have filed summary 25 judgment motions, each with a hearing date of September 20, 2021. ECF Nos. 45, 46. The 26 pretrial conference in this matter is currently set for October 18, 2021, with other pretrial 27 deadlines coming up in the preceding four weeks. ECF No. 15. In light of the pending 28 cross-motions, the parties ask the Court to temporarily vacate the Pretrial Conference and 1 3:20-cv-1256-BEN-AHG Case 3:20-cv-01256-BEN-AHG Document 51 Filed 09/09/21 PageID.1506 Page 2 of 3 1 related upcoming pretrial deadlines, to be reset following a resolution of the pending cross- 2 motions for summary judgment and/or partial summary judgment. ECF No. 50. 3 Under Fed. R. Civ. P 16(b)(4), “[a] schedule may be modified only for good cause 4 and with the judge’s consent.” “Good cause” is a non-rigorous standard that has been 5 construed broadly across procedural and statutory contexts. Ahanchian v. Xenon Pictures, 6 Inc., 624 F.3d 1253, 1259 (9th Cir. 2010). The good cause standard focuses on the diligence 7 of the party seeking to amend the scheduling order and the reasons for seeking 8 modification. Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992). 9 “[T]he court may modify the schedule on a showing of good cause if it cannot reasonably 10 be met despite the diligence of the party seeking the extension.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 16, advisory 11 committee’s notes to 1983 amendment. Therefore, “a party demonstrates good cause by 12 acting diligently to meet the original deadlines set forth by the court.” Merck v. Swift 13 Transportation Co., No. CV-16-01103-PHX-ROS, 2018 WL 4492362, at *2 (D. Ariz. 14 Sept. 19, 2018). 15 Here, the parties have diligently met the case schedule deadlines, but seek a 16 temporary vacatur of the remaining dates to prevent the wasteful expenditure of time and 17 resources on trial preparation for claims that may be resolved if either of the parties’ cross- 18 motions are granted, either in part or in full. Therefore, consistent with Federal Rule of Civil 19 Procedure 1, the Court finds good cause to GRANT the Joint Motion (ECF No. 50). 20 Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED: 21 The Pretrial Conference and all related pre-trial deadlines are VACATED. Within 22 three business days of the Court’s ruling on the cross-motions for summary judgment, the 23 parties are ORDERED to meet and confer and to submit a joint motion to the Court 24 proposing new dates for the Final Pretrial Conference and all related pretrial deadlines. 25 Moreover, although the parties did not request that the upcoming Mandatory 26 Settlement Conference (“MSC”) be reset, the Court finds it prudent to hold the MSC after 27 the hearing date on the cross-motions. Accordingly, the MSC is hereby RESET from 28 September 13, 2021 to October 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. before the Honorable Allison H. 2 3:20-cv-1256-BEN-AHG Case 3:20-cv-01256-BEN-AHG Document 51 Filed 09/09/21 PageID.1507 Page 3 of 3 1 Goddard. 2 Although the MSC was previously set to take place by videoconference, the 3 rescheduled MSC will take place in person. At the appointed date and time, all attendees 4 should report to the chambers of Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard, located on the third 5 floor of the Edward J. Schwartz U.S. Courthouse, 221 West Broadway, Suite 3142, San 6 Diego, California 92101. Do not report to Courtroom 3B; report to Chambers. The Court 7 will consider reverting the MSC to take place via videoconference if any party so 8 requests. Requests to hold the MSC by videoconference should be lodged with the Court 9 at no later than September 27, 2021, with all counsel of 10 record copied on the email. Counsel should meet and confer before making any such 11 request to the Court and, if both sides prefer that the conference take place virtually, the 12 parties should make the request jointly. 13 The parties are not required to submit updated Settlement Conference Statements or 14 Confidential Settlement Letters to the Court. The Court is in receipt of the previously 15 submitted statements. However, if any party wishes to submit an updated statement or 16 letter, counsel should lodge the statement or letter with the Court no later than 17 September 27, 2021. 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. 19 20 Dated: September 9, 2021 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 3:20-cv-1256-BEN-AHG

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