Johnson v. Pinnacle Credit Services, LLC
MINUTE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang on 1/12/16 denying 38 Motion for Discovery. (bsimm, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Case No. 1:15-cv-00663-WYD-NYW
PINNACLE CREDIT SERVICES, LLC,
a Minnesota limited liability company,
Entered By Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang
This matter is before the court pursuant to Defendant Pinnacle Credit Services, LLC [sic]
Motion for Second Set of Written Discovery (“Motion”) [#38, filed December 11, 2015]. The
instant Motion was referred to this Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A), the
Order of Reference dated April 2, 2015 [#8], and the Memorandum dated December 11, 2015
[#39]. Defendant filed a Response to the Motion on January 4, 2016. [#43]. Having reviewed
the Parties’ briefing and applicable case law, this court finds that disposition is proper.
D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.1(d) (“Nothing in this rule precludes a judicial officer from ruling on a
motion at any time after it is filed.”).
The Scheduling Order in this case was entered on June 17, 2015 and provided that written
discovery, including interrogatories and requests for production of documents, would be served
no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the discovery deadline. [#22 at 7]. The deadline for
discovery was set for November 30, 2015. [Id. at 5]. As Plaintiff notes, the deadline for
discovery has been extended on multiple occasions for “the sole purpose of conducting the
depositions of Defendant’s witnesses.” [#34, #42]. No extension prior to the instant Motion was
sought to serve additional discovery.
Rule 16(b) provides that a scheduling order “may be modified only for good cause and
with the judge's consent.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4). “In practice, this standard requires the
movant to show the ‘scheduling deadlines cannot be met despite [the movant's] diligent efforts.’”
Pumpco, Inc. v. Schenker Int’l, Inc., 204 F.R.D. 667, 668 (D. Colo. 2001). This burden is
satisfied, for example, when a party learns of new information in a deposition or that the
governing law has changed. Id. “Rule 16(b) does not focus on the bad faith of the movant, or
the prejudice to the opposing party. Rather, it focuses on the diligence of the party seeking leave
to modify the scheduling order to permit the proposed amendment.” Colo. Visionary Acad. v.
Medtronic, Inc., 194 F.R.D. 684, 687 (D. Colo. 2000).
Nothing in the record before the court demonstrates that Defendant was precluded from
seeking or taking the deposition of Plaintiff prior to November 18, 2015. The interrogatory and
the request for production that Defendant seeks to propound do not appear dependent upon
Plaintiff’s testimony. Therefore, the court finds that Defendant has failed to establish good cause
for the amendment of the Scheduling Order to propound additional discovery at this time.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that Defendant Pinnacle Credit Services, LLC [sic]
Motion for Second Set of Written Discovery [#38] is DENIED.
DATED: January 12, 2016
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