Borenstein v. Lead Animal Shelter Animal Foundation et al

Filing 110

ORDER. IT IS ORDERED that 94 Defendants' Motion to Stay Discovery is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that 95 the Stipulated Discovery Plan and Scheduling Order is DENIED without prejudice. Signed by Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Albregts on 10/13/2020. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MR)

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Case 2:19-cv-00985-APG-DJA Document 110 Filed 10/13/20 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 6 BRIAN BORENSTEIN, 7 Plaintiff, Case No.: 2:19-cv-00985-APG-DJA ORDER 8 v. 9 THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION, et al., 10 11 Defendants. Pending before the Court is Defendants’ Motion to Stay Discovery (ECF No. 94), filed on 12 September 18, 2020. The Court also considered the Joinders (ECF Nos. 99-100), filed on 13 September 29, 2020, Plaintiff’s Response (ECF No. 101), filed on October 1, 2020, and 14 Defendants’ Reply (ECF No. 105), filed on October 8, 2020. The Court finds this matter properly 15 resolved without a hearing. See Local Rule 78-1. 16 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 1 Case 2:19-cv-00985-APG-DJA Document 110 Filed 10/13/20 Page 2 of 3 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). 5 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. 19 After considering all of the arguments raised by the parties, the Court finds that 20 Defendants have carried their burden of demonstrating that a stay of discovery is warranted in 21 this case. Having taken a preliminary peek at the pending motions to dismiss, the Court is not 22 convinced that Plaintiff’s case will survive dismissal or at the least, that the scope of the 23 discovery in this case may be significantly impacted by how many causes of action survive 24 dismissal. The Court notes its view “may be very different than how the assigned district judge 25 will see the . . . picture.” AMC Fabrication, Inc. v. KRD Trucking W., Inc., 2012 WL 4846152, 26 *4 (D. Nev. Oct. 10, 2012). Nevertheless, the Court agrees with Defendant that the pending 27 motions warrant a stay of discovery as discovery is a time-consuming and costly endeavor. The 28 2 Case 2:19-cv-00985-APG-DJA Document 110 Filed 10/13/20 Page 3 of 3 1 pending motions are dispositive of the entire case and no discovery is necessary for an order to 2 be issued on them. 3 IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendants’ Motion to Stay Discovery (ECF No. 4 94) is granted. 5 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Stipulated Discovery Plan and Scheduling Order 6 (ECF No. 95) is denied without prejudice. 7 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall file a stipulated discovery plan and 8 scheduling order within 14 days of an Order on the pending motions to dismiss to the extent that 9 the case survives and review the amendments to the Local Rules of Practice for the District of 10 Nevada that were adopted on April 17, 2020, specifically Local Rules 26-1 through 26-7, to 11 ensure that they submit a compliant plan. 12 Dated: October 13, 2020 ______________________________ Daniel J. Albregts United States Magistrate Judge 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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