Gardner v. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Filing 22

ORDER granting 19 Motion to Extend Time to Retain New Counsel. Plaintiffs are granted an extension and stay until November 30, 2017, to seek and obtain new counsel. Status Hearing set for 12/12/2017 at 09:00 AM in LV Courtroom 3B before Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen. Signed by Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen on 10/16/2017. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - JM)

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    1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 6 *** 7 ROBERT J. GARDNER, et al., 8 v. 9 Case No. 2:17-cv-00352-PAL Plaintiffs, 10 LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, et al., 11 ORDER (Mot Ext Time – ECF No. 19) Defendants. 12 Before the court is pro se Plaintiffs’ Motion for an Extension of Time to Retain New 13 Counsel (ECF No. 19). The court has reviewed the motion and defendant LVMPD’s Response 14 (ECF No. 20). 15 On August 25, 2017, the court granted plaintiffs’ counsel leave to withdraw due to his 16 health, stayed the case for 30 days until September 25, 2017, and gave plaintiffs until September 17 25, 2017, to obtain new counsel. The current motion requests that this matter be stayed for six 18 months so that plaintiffs may have an opportunity to seek and obtain new counsel. 19 Although defendant does not necessarily oppose a brief stay considering that plaintiffs 20 could not have anticipated their current situation, they do oppose having the case stayed for six 21 months. LVMPD suggests staying the case for 60 days. 22 The court is sympathetic to plaintiffs’ need to find new counsel unexpectedly especially 23 when plaintiffs expressed complete satisfaction with their former counsel; however, a six-month 24 stay is too long. The court will give plaintiffs an extension slightly in excess of 60-days, and stay 25 the case while plaintiffs seek new counsel. 26 Having reviewed and considered the matter, 27 /// 28 /// 1     1 IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for an Extension of Time to Retain New Counsel 2 (ECF No. 19) is GRANTED to the extent that plaintiffs are granted an extension and stay until 3 November 30, 2017, to seek and obtain new counsel. 4 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a status hearing is set for December 12, 2017, at 9:00 5 a.m. in Courtroom 3B. Plaintiffs must appear in person if counsel of record has not made an 6 appearance in compliance with the applicable provisions of the Local Rules of Practice. 7 DATED this 16th day of October, 2017. 8 9 PEGGY A. LEEN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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