Sharpes et al. v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. et al.
ORDER granting 36 Motion to Stay Discovery Pending Ruling on Defendants' Respective Motions to Dismiss. All Discovery is stayed pending resolution of Defendants' Motion to Dismiss [# 13 , # 14 ]. By Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix on 3/9/2015. (alowe)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-02718-REB-KLM
LELAND R. SHARPES, Trustee, as Trustee for the Leland R. Sharpes and Jocelyn B.
Sharpes Living Trust, and
JOCELYN B. SHARPES, Trustee, as Trustee for the Leland R. Sharpes and Jocelyn B.
Sharpes Living Trust,
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO., a Delaware corporation,
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Trustee, as Trustee for the C-BASS Mortgage
Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-MXI,
LITTON LOAN SERVICING, LP, a Delaware limited partnership, and
OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company,
ENTERED BY MAGISTRATE JUDGE KRISTEN L. MIX
This matter is before the Court on Defendants’ Joint Motion to Stay Discovery
Pending Ruling on Defendants’ Respective Motions to Dismiss [#36]1 (the “Motion to
Stay”). Plaintiffs filed a Response [#42] in opposition to the Motion, and Defendants filed
a Reply [#43]. Defendants ask the Court to stay discovery in this case until after the
pending Motions to Dismiss [#13, #14] are resolved.
Although the stay of proceedings in a case is generally disfavored, the Court has
discretion to stay discovery while a dispositive motion is pending. See Wason Ranch Corp.
“[#36]” is an example of the convention the Court uses to identify the docket number
assigned to a specific paper by the Court’s case management and electronic case filing system
(CM/ECF). This convention is used throughout this Order.
v. Hecla Mining Co., No. 07-cv-00267-EWN-MEH, 2007 WL 1655362, at *1 (D. Colo. June
6, 2007) (“A stay of all discovery is generally disfavored in this District.” (citation omitted));
String Cheese Incident, LLC v. Stylus Shows, Inc., No. 1:02-cv-01934-LTB-PAC, 2006 WL
894955, at *2 (D. Colo. Mar. 30, 2006) (finding that a thirty day stay of discovery was
appropriate when a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction was pending);
Nankivil v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 216 F.R.D. 689, 692 (M.D. Fla. 2003) (A stay may be
appropriate if “resolution of a preliminary motion may dispose of the entire action.”); 8
Charles Alan Wright, et al., Federal Practice and Procedure § 2040, at 521-22 (2d ed.
1994) (“[W]hen one issue may be determinative of a case, the court has discretion to stay
discovery on other issues until the critical issue has been decided.”); Vivid Techs., Inc. v.
Am. Sci. & Eng’g, Inc., 200 F.3d 795, 804 (Fed. Cir. 1999) (“When a particular issue may
be dispositive, the court may stay discovery concerning other issues until the critical issue
is resolved.”); Gilbert v. Ferry, 401 F.3d 411, 415-16 (6th Cir. 2005) (finding that ordering
a stay of discovery is not an abuse of discretion when a defendant has filed a motion to
dismiss challenging the court’s actual subject matter jurisdiction); Chavous v. D.C. Fin.
Responsibility & Mgmt. Assistance Auth., 201 F.R.D. 1, 2 (D.D.C. 2005) (“A stay of
discovery pending the determination of a dispositive motion is an eminently logical means
to prevent wasting the time and effort of all concerned, and to make the most efficient use
of judicial resources.” (internal quotation omitted)).
When exercising its discretion, the Court considers the following factors: (1) the
interest of the plaintiffs in proceeding expeditiously with discovery and the potential
prejudice to the plaintiff of a delay; (2) the burden on the defendants of proceeding with
discovery; (3) the convenience to the Court of staying discovery; (4) the interests of
nonparties in either staying or proceeding with discovery; and (5) the public interest in
either staying or proceeding with discovery. String Cheese Incident, 2006 WL 894955, at
*2 (citing FDIC v. Renda, No. 85-2216-O, 1987 WL 348635, at *2 (D. Kan. Aug. 6, 1987)).
In this case, although Plaintiffs oppose a stay, they do not argue that staying
discovery would result in prejudice to them.2 Accordingly, the Court finds that the first
String Cheese Incident factor neither weighs in favor nor against staying discovery.
With regard to the second factor, the Court finds that Defendants have not
demonstrated that proceeding with the discovery process presents an undue burden.
However, Defendants are correct that proceeding will be wasteful if the Motions to Dismiss
[#13, #14] are granted. The Court therefore finds that the second String Cheese Incident
factor weighs in favor of staying discovery.
With regard to the third factor, it is certainly more convenient for the Court to stay
discovery until it is clear that the case will proceed. See Chavous, 201 F.R.D. at 5 (stating
that staying discovery pending decision on a dispositive motion that would fully resolve the
case “furthers the ends of economy and efficiency, since if [the motion] is granted, there
will be no need for [further proceedings].”).
With regard to the fourth factor, there are no nonparties with significant particularized
interests in this case. Accordingly, the fourth String Cheese Incident factor neither weighs
in favor nor against staying discovery.
With regard to the fifth and final factor, the Court finds that the public’s only interest
in this case is a general interest in its efficient and just resolution. Avoiding wasteful efforts
Plaintiffs do not address the String Cheese Incident factors or cite to any case law from
the Tenth Circuit or the District of Colorado. See generally Response [#42].
by the Court clearly serves this interest. Thus, the fifth String Cheese Incident factor
weighs in favor of staying discovery.
Weighing the relevant factors, the Court concludes that staying discovery pending
resolution of Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss [#13, #14] is appropriate. Accordingly,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Motion to Stay [#36] is GRANTED. All discovery
is stayed pending resolution of Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss [#13, #14].
DATED: March 9, 2015 at Denver, Colorado.
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