The Merchants Company v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London et al

Filing 18

ORDER granting in part 17 Motion to Extend Deadline. Plaintiff's response to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss is due on or before September 1, 2017. Defendants' reply is due on or before September 8, 2017. Signed by District Judge Keith Starrett on 8/22/2017 (dtj)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI EASTERN DIVISION THE MERCHANTS COMPANY D/B/A MERCHANTS FOOD SERVICE v. PLAINTIFF CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:17-CV-136-KS-MTP CERTAIN UNDERWRITERS AT LLOYD’S, LONDON, et al. DEFENDANTS ORDER Plaintiff filed an unopposed Motion [17] to extend the briefing deadlines on Defendants’ pending Motion to Dismiss [2] until after the parties’ settlement conference scheduled for October 18, 2017. The Court certainly encourages the parties to pursue settlement, but the scheduling of a settlement conference is generally not a reason to delay a case’s progression. Moreover, fully briefing dispositive motions typically assists both the parties and the mediator in understanding a case’s issues and the parties’ relative positions prior to a settlement conference. Therefore, the Court grants in part Plaintiff’s Motion [17] for an extension of time. Plaintiff’s response to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss is due on or before September 1, 2017. Defendants’ reply is due on or before September 8, 2017. SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this __22nd___ day of __August____, 2017. s/Keith Starrett UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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