Fancher et al v. USAA Casualty Insurance Company et al

Filing 76

ORDER granting #68 Motion to Stay. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden on 4/1/21. (jla)

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Case: 4:20-cv-00123-SA-JMV Doc #: 76 Filed: 04/01/21 1 of 2 PageID #: 538 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI GREENVILLE DIVISION LAUREN FANCHER, et al., CASE NO.: 4:20-cv-00123-SA-JMV Plaintiffs, v. CHIEF JUDGE SHARION AYCOCK MAGISTRATE JUDGE JANE M. VIRDEN USAA CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY, et. al, Defendants. ORDER This matter is before the court on the opposed Motion to Stay Proceedings [68] filed by Defendant United Services Automobile Association. The matter has been fully briefed, and based thereon, the court finds, as discussed below, that a stay of discovery in this case is warranted pending the earlier of a decision of the pending Motion to Compel Appraisal [26] or September 30, 2021. 1 The history of this case has been set out previously in repeated filings. Accordingly, it is not reiterated herein, except to note that this is a putative class action pursuant to FED. R. CIV. P. 23, and as such, discovery as to appropriateness of certification of a class – not discovery on the merits – is the primary concern of the court at this juncture. Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, 568 U.S. 455, 465-66 (2013); see generally 3 NEWBERG ON CLASS ACTIONS § 7:14 (5th ed.). Indeed, the Case Management Order entered in this case [58] reflects that except where unavoidable, only discovery related to the appropriateness of a certified class is permitted and 1 The court will revisit the issue of discovery at that time. Case: 4:20-cv-00123-SA-JMV Doc #: 76 Filed: 04/01/21 2 of 2 PageID #: 539 merits discovery will not ensue until a ruling has been made on whether a class will be certified. Additionally, given that whether the named Plaintiff will be compelled to appraisal in this case, and if so, that the outcome thereof could have a material effect on Plaintiff’s satisfaction of the prerequisites for class certification, it is the undersigned’s view that proceeding with discovery about class certification at this juncture is potentially unnecessarily wasteful. SO ORDERED, this the 1st day of April, 2021. /s/ Jane M. Virden UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE .

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