Filing 52

ORDER (1) Denying Plaintiff's 47 MOTION to Expedite Rule 16 Conference as Moot, (2) Denying Defendants' 49 Amended MOTION for Summary Judgment Without Prejudice, and (3) Setting Merits Discovery Period. (Merits Discovery due by 1/22/2018, TELEPHONIC Status Conference set for 2/1/2018 at 2:00 PM before District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. **PLEASE USE THE CALL-IN INFORMATION PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED**) Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HMon)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION JOANNE NEWMAN, et al., Plaintiffs, Case No. 16-cv-11395 Hon. Matthew F. Leitman v. ASSET ACCEPTANCE CAPITAL CORP. a/k/a ASSET ACCEPTANCE, et al., Defendants. __________________________________________________________________/ ORDER (1) DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO EXPEDITE RULE 16 CONFERENCE (ECF # 47) AS MOOT, (2) DENYING DEFENDANTS' AMENDED MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT (ECF # 49) WITHOUT PREJUDICE, AND (3) SETTING MERITS DISCOVERY PERIOD On September 20, 2017, the Court held an on-the-record telephonic status conference with counsel for all parties. For the reasons stated on the record, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. Plaintiff's Motion to Expedite Rule 16 Conference (ECF #47) is DENIED AS MOOT given that the Court addressed initial scheduling issues during the status conference. 2. Defendants' Amended Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF # 49) is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Defendants are not precluded from re-filing a motion for summary judgment following the close of merits discovery. 3. The parties shall have until January 22, 2018, to conduct merits discovery, and during this four-month period, the parties shall not conduct discovery related to possible class certification. The parties shall appear for a telephonic status conference on February 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., to discuss next steps in the action. IT IS SO ORDERED. s/Matthew F. Leitman MATTHEW F. LEITMAN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Dated: September 20, 2017 I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties and/or counsel of record on September 20, 2017, by electronic means and/or ordinary mail. s/Holly A. Monda Case Manager (810) 341-9764

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