Balmer Fund, Inc., The et al v. Harper, Kansas, City of

Filing 25

ORDER denying 24 Motion to Stay Discovery. Signed by Magistrate Judge James P. O'Hara on 7/11/2017. (srj)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS THE BALMER FUND, INC. a Kansas not-for-profit corporation, and ROSALEA HOSTETLER, Plaintiffs, v. Case No. 17-1046-EFM CITY OF HARPER, KANSAS, Defendant. ORDER The defendant, City of Harper, Kansas, has filed a motion to stay discovery (ECF No. 24) pending the resolution of its motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 20). As discussed below, the motion to stay is denied. The decision whether to stay discovery rests in the sound discretion of the court.1 The Tenth Circuit has stated, however, that “‘the right to proceeding in court should not be denied except under the most extreme circumstances.’”2 Thus, as a general rule, discovery is not stayed in this district based merely on the pendency of dispositive motions.3 The court has recognized that there may be exceptions to this rule, such as 1 Kutilek v. Gannon, 132 F.R.D. 296, 297–98 (D. Kan. 1990); Tennant v. Miller, No. 13-2143, 2013 WL 4848836, at *1 (D. Kan. Sept. 11, 2013). 2 Holroyd v. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, No. 06-4133, 2007 WL 1585846, at *1 (D. Kan. June 1, 2007) (quoting Commodity Futures Trading Comm’n v. Chilcott Portfolio Mgmt., Inc., 713 F.2d 1477, 1484 (10th Cir. 1983)). 3 Kutilek, 132 F.R.D. at 297 (“The general policy in this district is not to stay discovery even though dispositive motions are pending.” (citing cases)); Garrett’s where: (1) the case is likely to be finally concluded via a dispositive motion; (2) the facts sought through discovery would not affect the resolution of the dispositive motion; or (3) discovery on all issues posed by the complaint would be wasteful and burdensome.4 Defendant’s motion to stay references the above-noted exceptions to the general rule disfavoring the stay of discovery, but makes no serious attempt to analyze them in the context of this case. Accordingly, defendant’s motion to stay is denied. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated July 11, 2017, at Kansas City, Kansas. s/ James P. O’Hara James P. O’Hara U. S. Magistrate Judge Worldwide Enters., LLC v. United States, No. 14-2281, 2014 WL 7071713, at *1 (D. Kan. Dec. 12, 2014) (“[T]he general policy of this district is to proceed with discovery despite pending dispositive motions.”). 4 See Citizens for Objective Public Educ., Inc. v. Kan. State Bd. of Educ., No. 134119, 2013 WL 6728323, at *1 (D. Kan. Dec. 19, 2013) (citing Kutilek, 132 F.R.D. at 297–98). 2

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