United States of America et al v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 31 Motion to extend time. Signed by Magistrate Judge Thomas B. Smith on 8/13/2018. (Smith, Thomas)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and
ARCHITECTURAL COATINGS, INC.,
Case No: 6:17-cv-1984-Orl-40TBS
TRAVELERS CASUALTY AND SURETY
This case comes before the Court without a hearing on the parties’ Joint Motion for
Continuance of Time to Complete Mediation, Discovery, and Dispositive, Daubert, and
Markman Motions (Doc. 31).
The relief the parties seek requires modification of the Case Management and
Scheduling Order (“CMSO”) governing the case (Doc. 19). The CMSO “may be modified
only for good cause and with the judge's consent.” FED. R. CIV. P. 16(b)(4). This “good
cause standard precludes modification unless the schedule cannot ‘be met despite the
diligence of the party seeking the extension.’” Sosa v. Airprint Systems, Inc., 133 F.3d
1417, 1418 (11th Cir. 1998) (quoting FED. R. CIV. P. 16 advisory committee’s note). “The
good cause standard under Rule 16 focuses primarily on the diligence of the party
seeking modification of the scheduling order.” Dang v. Sheriff of Seminole Cty., Case
No. 6:14-cv-37-Orl-31TBS, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50946, *3-4 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 16, 2015)
(Smith J.). “The burden of establishing good cause / diligence rests squarely on the party
seeking relief from the scheduling order.” Northstar Marine, Inc. v. Huffman, Case No. 13-
0037-WS-C, 2014 WL 3720537, at *3 (S.D. Ala. July 28, 2014). The parties’ motion does
not demonstrate the requisite diligence to modify the CMSO.
If the parties had shown the necessary diligence the Court still would not extend
the deadline for dispositive motions. 1 As explained in the CMSO, “[m]otions to extend the
dispositive motions deadline or to continue the trial are generally denied.” (Doc. 19 at 6).
And, “[i]n light of the district court’s heavy felony trial calendar, at least 4 months are
required before trial to receive memoranda in opposition to a motion for summary
judgment and to research and resolve the dispositive motion sufficiently in advance of
Although good grounds have not been shown, the Court will GRANT the motion in
part, by extending the deadlines to complete all discovery and mediate the case to
October 11, 2018. In all other respects, the motion is DENIED. This Order may not be
cited as grounds to change any other date or deadline in the case. Any discovery
obtained after the dispositive motions deadline may not be used for summary judgment
DONE and ORDERED in Orlando, Florida on August 13, 2018.
Copies furnished to Counsel of Record
The undersigned does not know why Markman would be applicable to this Miller Act case.
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