Zouhair's Neighborhood Cleaners, Inc. v. Sentinel Insurance Company, LTD
ORDER Suspending Deadlines and the Consideration of Defendant's Motion for Sanctions [Dkt 14]. Signed by District Judge Robert H. Cleland. (LWag)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
ZOUHAIR’S NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANERS,
Case No. 17-10418
SENTINEL INSURANCE COMPANY, LTD.,
ORDER SUSPENDING PRESENTLY SCHEDULED DEADLINES AND
CONSIDERATION OF DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR SANCTIONS IN LIGHT OF
On November 16, 2017, Plaintiff filed a memorandum with the court indicating
that the parties intended to seek the facilitation services of retired Judge James Rashid.
Less than two weeks later, Defendant filed a motion for sanctions against Plaintiff based
on Plaintiff’s alleged discovery violations. (Dkt. # 14.) The court held a telephonic status
conference on November 29, 2017 to understand why Defendant filed a motion with the
court when presumably the parties are preparing for mediation. The court recognizes
the parties have ongoing discovery delays and problems, but this is topic that should be
incorporated and resolved in the mediation.
During the conference, Defendant indicated that it filed the motion due to the
impending final pretrial deadline. Both parties agreed their mediation efforts would be
better served if they were not actively preparing for trial under the presently scheduled
deadlines. In an effort to eliminate barriers to the efficient resolution of the dispute, the
court will suspend deadlines while the parties engage in facilitation. The court will also
table consideration of Defendant’s Motion for Sanctions.
However, this is not an invitation to open-ended delay. The court expects the
parties will proceed forward with facilitation. Facilitation must conclude by December 31,
2017, as this court previously ordered. (Dkt. # 12.) Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED that the final pretrial hearing currently set for January 8, 2017,
and any remaining deadlines are SUSPENDED until further order of this court.
s/Robert H. Cleland
ROBERT H. CLELAND
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: December 1, 2017
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record
on this date, December 1, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
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