Baumann et al v. Bank of America, N.A et al
ORDER granting in part and denying as moot in part 44 Plaintiffs' Motion to Amend the Case Management and Scheduling Order; granting 51 Defendant Bank of America, N.A.'s Motion to Extend Discovery and Dispositive Motions Deadlines. The deadline for conducting discovery is extended to and including December 2, 2016. The deadline for filing dispositive motions and Daubert motions is extended to and including January 6, 2017. Signed by Judge Paul G. Byron on 10/11/2016. (SEN)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
JAMES E. BAUMANN and DEBORA K.
Case No: 6:15-cv-1951-Orl-40GJK
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A, QUARLES &
BRADY LLP, PROBER & RAPHAEL,
and MARINOSCI LAW GROUP, PC,
This cause comes before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Motion to Amend the Case
Management and Scheduling Order (Doc. 44), filed June 7, 2016, and Defendant Bank
of America, N.A.’s Motion to Extend Discovery and Dispositive Motions Deadlines
(Doc. 51), filed September 26, 2016. In their motions, the parties ask the Court to reopen the deadline for amending pleadings and to extend the deadlines for conducting
discovery and filing dispositive motions.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16 governs a district court’s scheduling and
management of cases. That rule provides that “[a] schedule may be modified only for
good cause and with the judge’s consent.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4). Rule 16(b)(4)’s “good
cause” standard is a rigorous one, focusing not on the good faith of or the potential
prejudice to any party, but rather on the parties’ diligence in complying with court-imposed
deadlines. Sosa v. Airprint Sys., Inc., 133 F.3d 1417, 1418 (11th Cir. 1998) (per curiam).
Indeed, “litigants cannot be permitted to treat a scheduling order as a frivolous piece of
paper idly entered, which can be cavalierly disregarded without peril.” O’Connell v. Hyatt
Hotels of P.R., 357 F.3d 152, 155 (1st Cir. 2004) (citation and internal quotation marks
omitted). Therefore, if a party cannot demonstrate diligence in complying with the court’s
scheduling order, the inquiry ends. Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d
604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992).
In this case, no party indicates what action, if any, has been taken to diligently
comply with the deadlines at issue. To the contrary, the parties concede that they have
chosen not to prosecute or defend against this lawsuit while they waited for the Court to
rule on Defendants’ motions to dismiss. However, the Court’s Case Management and
Scheduling Order explicitly cautioned the parties about the consequences of making such
The parties are advised that the pendency of a dispositive
motion, such as a motion to dismiss or for summary judgment,
does not stay the deadline for completion of discovery. Parties
who elect to forego discovery on the merits of any claim or
defense due to the pendency of a dispositive motion or for any
other reason, without leave of Court, will not be entitled to an
extension of the deadlines set forth in this [Case Management
and Scheduling Order].
(Doc. 37, p. 2).
No party sought to stay or abate any deadline at any time while
Defendants’ motions to dismiss remained pending. Moreover, the parties agreed to the
current deadlines knowing that the Court had not yet resolved the motions. (Doc. 36).
The Court presumes that the parties know their respective cases best and agreed to dates
which would allow them sufficient time to engage in discovery and file dispositive motions.
Any party’s choice not to conduct discovery within the agreed time period is a choice
made at that party’s peril. In short, the parties have failed to demonstrate the diligence
required by Rule 16(b)(4) to modify the deadlines listed in the Case Management and
Notwithstanding the fact that the parties have sat on their cases for the better part
of a year without seeking relief from the Court’s deadlines, the Court will grant the parties’
request to extend the discovery and dispositive motions deadlines.
extensions do not interfere with either the final pretrial conference or the trial date, and
they afford enough time for the Court to resolve any dispositive motions. The Court
therefore finds that an extension of the deadlines will serve judicial economy and the
timely resolution of this case.
However, the parties are cautioned that no further
extensions of these deadlines and no continuances of either the final pretrial conference
or the trial term will be granted due to a party’s failure to diligently prosecute or defend
Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED as follows:
1. Plaintiffs’ Motion to Amend the Case Management and Scheduling Order
(Doc. 44) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED AS MOOT IN PART.
Plaintiffs’ motion is denied as moot to the extent Plaintiffs ask to re-open the
deadline for amending pleadings and adding parties. The Court previously
permitted Plaintiffs leave to amend their complaint following resolution of
Defendants’ motions to dismiss, but Plaintiffs elected not to do so. (See
Doc. 47, pp. 9–10).
2. Defendant Bank of America, N.A.’s Motion to Extend Discovery and
Dispositive Motions Deadlines (Doc. 51) is GRANTED.
3. The deadline for conducting discovery is extended to and including
December 2, 2016. The deadline for filing dispositive motions and Daubert
motions is extended to and including January 6, 2017. The Court will issue
an Amended Case Management and Scheduling Order by separate order.
DONE AND ORDERED in Orlando, Florida on October 11, 2016.
Copies furnished to:
Counsel of Record
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