Allstate Insurance Company v. Scarbrough
ORDER denying 121 Motion to Stay. Signed by Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander on 9/22/16. (bnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:15cv114-MPM-SAA
HILL BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION
COMPANY INC., ET AL.
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO STAY DISCOVERY
Defendant John Robert Scarbrough has moved to stay discovery pending rulings on
multiple Motions to Dismiss filed by the parties. Docket # 121. Since the filing of the motion to
stay, three of the motions to dismiss have been ruled on. The remaining motions to dismiss
concern many of the same issues addressed by the September 15, 2016 Order denying the
motions to dismiss. Scarbrough asserts that this case should be stayed simply because of the
“sheer number of dispositive motions currently pending before the court, it would be in the best
interest of all parties, and of justice, to have discovery stayed so as to avoid any unnecessary
expense . . .” Docket 121, p. 3.
Simply asserting that motions to dismiss are pending or have merit is insufficient to stay
discovery. Certainly every defendant that files a motion to dismiss believes that there is at least
some merit to his motion and would prefer not to have to defend litigation until he receives a
ruling on the motion. However, that belief alone is insufficient to halt a case, particularly in this
circumstance where the motion to stay was filed less than a month before the deadline for
discovery, and at least one of the motions to dismiss had been pending for almost a year. The
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