V5 Technologies v. Switch Ltd. et al

Filing 36

ORDER Denying Defendant's 28 Motion to Stay Discovery. The parties shall file a Joint Proposed Discovery Plan by 12/5/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe on 11/28/2017. (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 10 V5 TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, 11 Plaintiff(s), 12 v. 13 SWITCH, LTD., 14 Defendant(s). 15 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 2:17-cv-02349-KJD-NJK ORDER (Docket No. 28) 16 Pending before the Court is a motion to stay discovery pending resolution of Defendant’s motion 17 to dismiss. See Docket No. 28; see also Docket No. 26 (motion to dismiss). Plaintiff filed a response 18 in opposition, and Defendant filed a reply. Docket Nos. 33, 35. The Court finds the motion properly 19 resolved without a hearing. See Local Rule 78-1. For the reasons discussed below, the Court DENIES 20 Defendant’s motion to stay discovery and ORDERS the parties to file a joint proposed discovery plan 21 by December 5, 2017. 22 The Court has broad discretionary power to control discovery. See, e.g., Little v. City of Seattle, 23 863 F.2d 681, 685 (9th Cir. 1988). “The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not provide for automatic 24 or blanket stays of discovery when a potentially dispositive motion is pending.” Tradebay, LLC v. eBay, 25 Inc., 278 F.R.D. 597, 601 (D. Nev. 2011). The party seeking a stay carries the heavy burden of making 26 a strong showing why discovery should be denied. See, e.g., Turner Broadcasting Sys., Inc. v. Tracinda 27 Corp., 175 F.R.D. 554, 556 (D. Nev. 1997). The case law in this District makes clear that requests to 28 stay all discovery may be granted when: (1) the pending motion is potentially dispositive; (2) the 1 potentially dispositive motion can be decided without additional discovery; and (3) the Court has taken 2 a “preliminary peek” at the merits of the potentially dispositive motion and is convinced that the plaintiff 3 will be unable to state a claim for relief. See Kor Media Group, LLC v. Green, 294 F.R.D. 579, 581 (D. 4 Nev. 2013). 5 The Court finds that a stay of discovery is not appropriate in this case. Most significantly, the 6 Court has taken a preliminary peek at the motion to dismiss and is not convinced that it will be granted.1 7 It bears repeating that the filing of a non-frivolous dispositive motion, standing alone, is simply not 8 enough to warrant staying discovery. See, e.g., Tradebay, 278 F.R.D. at 603. Instead, the Court must 9 be “convinced” that the dispositive motion will be granted. See, e.g., id. “That standard is not easily 10 met.” Kor Media, 294 F.R.D. at 583. “[T]here must be no question in the court’s mind that the 11 dispositive motion will prevail, and therefore, discovery is a waste of effort.” Id. (quoting Trazska v. 12 Int’l Game Tech., 2011 WL 1233298, *3 (D. Nev. Mar. 29, 2011)) (emphasis in original). The Court 13 requires this robust showing that the dispositive motion will succeed because applying a lower standard 14 would likely result in unnecessary delay in many cases. Id. (quoting Trazska, 2011 WL 1233298, at *4). 15 Accordingly, the Court DENIES Defendant’s motion to stay discovery and ORDERS the parties 16 to file a joint proposed discovery plan by December 5, 2017. 17 IT IS SO ORDERED. 18 DATED: November 28, 2017 19 ______________________________________ NANCY J. KOPPE United States Magistrate Judge 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 Conducting the preliminary peek puts the undersigned in an awkward position because the assigned district judge who will decide the motion to dismiss may have a different view of its merits. See Tradebay, 278 F.R.D. at 603. The undersigned’s “preliminary peek” at the merits of that motion is not intended to prejudice its outcome. See id. As a result, the undersigned will not provide a lengthy discussion of the merits of the pending motion to dismiss in this instance. Nonetheless, the undersigned has carefully reviewed the arguments presented in the motion to dismiss and subsequent briefing. 2

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