Godwin v. Senior Garden Apartments et al
ORDER - Defendant's Motion to Stay Discovery (ECF No. 102 ) is granted. The parties shall file a Stipulated Discovery Plan and Scheduling Order within 14 days of an Order on the pending Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 91 ) to the exte nt that the case survives and review the amendments to the Local Rules of Practice for the District of Nevada that were adopted on April 17, 2020, specifically Local Rules 26-1 through 26-7, to ensure that they submit a compliant plan. Signed by Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Albregts on 10/13/2020. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - AB)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
VICTORIA JOY GODWIN,
Case No.: 2:17-cv-02178-MMD-DJA
SENIOR GARDEN APARTMENTS, et al.,
Pending before the Court is Defendant Elizabeth A. Brown’s Motion to Stay (ECF No.
12 102), filed on September 28, 2020. The Court also considered Plaintiff’s Status Report (ECF No.
13 103), filed on September 29, 2020, Plaintiff’s Response (ECF No. 104), filed on September 29,
14 2020, and Defendant’s Reply (ECF No. 105), filed on October 6, 2020. The Court finds this matter
15 properly resolved without a hearing. See Local Rule 78-1.
Courts have broad discretionary power to control discovery. See, e.g., Little v. City of
17 Seattle, 863 F.2d 681, 685 (9th Cir.1988). In deciding whether to grant a stay of discovery, the
18 Court is guided by the objectives of Rule 1 to ensure a just, speedy, and inexpensive
19 determination of every action. See Kidneigh v. Tournament One Corp., 2013 WL 1855764, at *2
20 (D. Nev. May 1, 2013). “The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not provide for automatic or
21 blanket stays of discovery when a potentially dispositive motion is pending.” Tradebay, LLC v.
22 eBay, Inc., 278 F.R.D. 597, 600 (D. Nev. 2011). However, preliminary issues such as
23 jurisdiction, venue, or immunity are common situations that may justify a stay. See Twin City
24 Fire Ins. v. Employers of Wausau, 124 F.R.D. 653 (D. Nev. 1989); see also Kabo Tools Co. v.
25 Porauto Indus. Co., 2013 WL 5947138, at *1 (D. Nev. Oct. 31, 2013) (granting stay based on
26 alleged lack of personal jurisdiction); Ministerio Roca Solida v. U.S. Dep’t of Fish & Wildlife,
27 288 F.R.D. 500, 506 (D. Nev. 2013) (granting stay based in part on alleged lack of subject matter
28 jurisdiction). Further, motions to stay discovery pending resolution of a dispositive motion may
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1 be granted when: (1) the pending motion is potentially dispositive; (2) the potentially dispositive
2 motion can be decided without additional discovery; and (3) the Court has taken a “preliminary
3 peek” at the merits of the potentially dispositive motion to evaluate the likelihood of dismissal.
4 See Kor Media Group, LLC v. Green, 294 F.R.D. 579, 581 (D. Nev. 2013).
A party seeking to stay discovery pending resolution of a potentially dispositive motion
6 bears the heavy burden of establishing that discovery should be stayed. See, e.g., Turner
7 Broadcasting System, Inc. v. Tracinda Corp., 175 F.R.D. 554, 556 (D. Nev. 1997) (noting that a
8 stay of discovery may be appropriate where the complaint was “utterly frivolous, or filed merely
9 for settlement value.”); Blankenship v. Hearst Corp., 519 F.2d 418, 429 (9th Cir. 1975). When
10 deciding whether to issue a stay, a court must take a “preliminary peek” at the merits of the
11 dispositive motion pending in the case. Tradebay, 278 F.R.D. at 602-603. In doing so, a court
12 must consider whether the pending motion is potentially dispositive of the entire case, and
13 whether that motion can be decided without additional discovery. Id. This “preliminary peek” is
14 not intended to prejudge the outcome, but to evaluate the propriety of a stay of discovery “with
15 the goal of accomplishing the objectives of Rule 1.” Id. (citation omitted). That discovery may
16 involve inconvenience and expense is not sufficient, standing alone, to support a stay of
17 discovery. Turner Broadcasting, 175 F.R.D. at 556. An overly lenient standard for granting
18 requests to stay would result in unnecessary delay in many cases.
After considering all of the arguments raised by the parties, the Court finds that
20 Defendant Brown has carried her burden of demonstrating that a stay of discovery is warranted
21 in this case. Having taken a preliminary peek at the Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 91), the Court
22 is not convinced that Plaintiff will survive dismissal. The Court notes its view “may be very
23 different than how the assigned district judge will see the . . . picture.” AMC Fabrication, Inc. v.
24 KRD Trucking W., Inc., 2012 WL 4846152, *4 (D. Nev. Oct. 10, 2012). Nevertheless, the Court
25 agrees with Defendant that the pending Motion warrants a stay of discovery as it deals with a
26 threshold issue of quasi-judicial immunity and Eleventh Amendment immunity.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion to Stay Discovery (ECF No.
28 102) is granted.
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IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall file a stipulated discovery plan and
2 scheduling order within 14 days of an Order on the pending Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 91) to
3 the extent that the case survives and review the amendments to the Local Rules of Practice for
4 the District of Nevada that were adopted on April 17, 2020, specifically Local Rules 26-1
5 through 26-7, to ensure that they submit a compliant plan.
Dated: October 13, 2020
Daniel J. Albregts
United States Magistrate Judge
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