Wolf et al v. Clark County Department of Family Services et al

Filing 49

ORDER Granting in part Plaintiffs' 48 Motion to Extend the deadline to amend pleadings and add parties. Deadline: 1/31/2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe on 12/21/2017. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - SLD)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 9 BRUCE WOLF, et al., 10 11 12 13 14 ) ) Plaintiff(s), ) ) vs. ) ) CLARK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY ) SERVICES, et al., ) ) Defendant(s). ) ) Case No. 2:17-cv-02084-JCM-NJK ORDER (Docket No. 48) 15 16 Pending before the Court is Plaintiffs’ motion to extend the deadline to amend pleadings and add 17 parties. Docket No. 48. On December 14, 2017, the parties stipulated to extend discovery deadlines by 18 120 days. Docket No. 46. The Court granted the extension as to all deadlines except the already-expired 19 deadline to amend pleadings and add parties, as the parties failed to demonstrate excusable neglect. 20 Docket No. 47. 21 Plaintiffs now submit that the following reasons constitute excusable neglect, warranting an 22 extension of the amend pleadings deadline: (1) Plaintiffs have yet to receive all documents and records 23 from Defendants related to the transfer of the minors; (2) document production was delayed due to 24 “various attempts” by the parties to secure a protective order;1 and (3) Plaintiffs neglected to request an 25 26 27 28 1 The “various attempts” at obtaining a protective were not, in fact, “declined” by the Court. Instead, the Court issued the parties’ first protective order the day after it was filed. Docket No. 40. Further, the Court struck the second protective order to provide the parties the opportunity to clarify the difference between it and the already issued protective order. Docket No. 42. The Court cautions 1 extension prior to the expiration of the deadline because they “anticipated that it [sic] would receive 2 documents and records in time to determine the additional parties that needed to be added” and because 3 of calendaring issues related to staff change at Plaintiffs’ counsel’s office.2 Docket No. 48 at 2-4. The 4 Court finds that Plaintiffs have failed to show excusable neglect for their failure to request an extension 5 to the deadline to amend pleadings and add parties before the expiration of the deadline. 6 Nonetheless, as a one-time courtesy to Plaintiffs, the Court GRANTS in part Plaintiffs’ motion 7 to extend the deadline to amend pleadings and add parties. Docket No. 48. The Court SETS the 8 deadline for January 31, 2018. 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. 10 DATED: December 21, 2017 11 ______________________________________ NANCY J. KOPPE United States Magistrate Judge 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Plaintiffs to be accurate in all of their representations to the Court. 2 Plaintiffs anticipated receiving the necessary documents up until the last minute, yet neglected to file for an extension even when it was clear that they would not meet the December 11, 2017 deadline. Docket No. 48 at 3. 2

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