Martinez-Carranza v. Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local No. 525 Trust Funds et al

Filing 27

ORDER Granting 25 Motion to Extend Time re 24 Order (First Request). Amended Complaint deadline: 5/3/2021. Signed by Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach on 4/27/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MR)

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1 2 3 4 5 LAW OFFICES OF BYRON THOMAS BYRON THOMAS Nevada Bar No. 8906 3275 S. Jones Blvd. Ste. 104 Las Vegas, Nevada 89146 Phone: (702) 747-3103 Facsimile: (702) 543-4855 Attorneys for Plaintiff 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 DISTRICT OF, NEVADA 8 9 EDGAR MARTINEZ-CARRANZA, 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Plaintiff, vs. PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS UNION LOCAL NO. 525 TRUST FUNDS; PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS LOCAL NO. 525 a union organized in Nevada; PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS LOCAL NO. 525 PENSION & RETIREMENT FUNDS, a retirement fund established in Nevada; BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 525 PENSION TRUST FUNDS, a pension fund established in Nevada; PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS UNION LOCAL #525 BENEFIT FUNDS,; TONI C. INSCOE ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE TRUSTEES PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS NATIONAL PENISON FUND; BENESY INC.,; DOES I though V, inclusive; and ROE CORPORATIONS VI through X, inclusive, Defendants ) Case No.: 2:20-cv-01930-RFB-VCF ) ) ) MOTION TO EXTEND DEADLINE ) TO FILE AMENDED COMPLAINT ) (FIRST REQUEST) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) COMES now Plaintiff Edgar Martinez by and through his counsel Law Offices 25 of Byron Thomas and files this Motion to Extend Deadline to File Amended 26 Complaint, First Request (the “Request”). The Request is based on the points of 27 authorities and any argument ordered by the Court 28 1 POINTS AND AUTHORITIES 1 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 6(b) provides: 2 3 b) EXTENDING TIME. 4 (1) In General. When an act may or must be done within a specified time, the court may, for good cause, extend the time: 5 (A) with or without motion or notice if the court acts, or if a request is made, before the original time or its extension expires; or 6 7 (B) on motion made after the time has expired if the party failed to act because of excusable neglect. 8 (2) Exceptions. A court must not extend the Rules 50(b) and (d), 52(b), 59(b), (d), and (e), and 60(b). 9 time to act under Local Rule IA 6-1 in relevant part states that "[ e]very motion or stipulation to extend 10 11 time shall inform the Court of any previous extensions granted and state the reasons for 12 the extension requested,” 13 14 On March 29, 2021 the Court dismissed Plaintiff’s Complaint but granted leave to amend. The Court set April 26, 2021 as the deadline to file the Amended Complaint. 15 16 Counsel for Plaintiff. received his second Covid 19 shot last week, and has 17 suffered side effects such as nausea, headaches, body aches, and extreme fatigue. This 18 has affected Counsel’s ability to complete the Amended Complaint. Counsel is a solo 19 practitioner, and does not have additional staff that could complete the Amended 20 Complaint.. Therefore, the Plaintiff requests an additional week to file the Amended 21 Complaint to May 3, 2021. This is the first request for an extension. 22 /// 23 /// 24 /// 25 /// 26 /// 27 // 28 2 1 2 3 A. Request for Extension Courts interpreting FRCP 6(b) have held the rule ''(is] to be liberally construed to effectuate 4 the general purpose of seeing that cases are tried on the merits.'· Ananchian v. Xenon Pictures, Inc. 5 624 F.3d 1253, 1258-59 (9th Cir. 2010) quoting Rodgers v.Watt, 722 F.2d 456, 459 (9th Cir. 1983) 6 quoting Staren v. American Nat'l Bank & Trust Co. of Chicago, 529 F.2d 1257, 1263 (7th Cir. 7 8 1976); see also Fed. R. Civ. P. 1 ("[The Federal Rules] should be construed and administered to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding."). 9 10 11 B. Danger of Prejudice The Ninth Circuit has stated its preference for adjudicating claims on the merits, largely in 12 the name of judicial economy. Moradi v. Adelson, No. 11-00595, Docket #50 at 3 (D. Nev. 2011) 13 citing, Molfetta v. Time Ins. Co., No. 2:07-cv-01240- JCM-LRL, 2010 WL 2041703, at *1 (D. Nev. 14 May 17, 2010) ("Due to the judicial preference of adjudicating issues on the merits, the court has 15 exercised its discretion and considered Plaintiffs untimely opposition, and all arguments presented 16 therein."); and cf Dayton Valley Investors, LLC v. Union Pac, RR Co., 664 F. Supp. 2s 1174, 1179 17 18 19 20 (D. Nev. 2009) (finding good cause for allowing a belated summary judgment motion where the Court would ·'eventually address'' the issues raised in that motion). There is no danger of prejudice. The litigation is in its early stages. No hearing or trial date 21 has been set, and no discovery deadlines have been set so the continuance will not prejudice 22 Defendant or unduly day the litigation.. Moreover, Plaintiff would also be amenable to any request 23 from Defendant for any necessary extension.. 24 C. Length of Delay. 25 26 Defendants seek a one (1) week extension. In analyzing the length of the delay the 27 Ahanachian, Court looked at the effect the delay would have on the summary judgment hearing 28 date and the date of the trial. 624 F.3d at 1262. In the instant case the delay would have a negligible 3 1 2 effect on the case, because of the early stage of the case. No discovery or trial dates have been set So the granting of the extension would have a negligible effect on the case. 3 D. Reason for Delay 4 Counsel for Defendants, is suffering from extreme fatigue, severe headaches, nausea, and 5 6 muscle soreness. Plaintiff’s counsel recently received the second dose of the Covid 19 vaccine and believes that these symptoms are side effects of the vaccine. Plaintiff requests a 7 day extension 7 8 until May 3, 2021. CONCLUSION 9 10 11 12 13 For the foregoing reason the Defendants respectfully requests a one (1) week extension of the deadline to file the Amended Complaint.. DATED this __26th___ day of April 2021 LAW OFFICES OF BYRON THOMAS 14 _____/s/ Byron E. Thomas_____ BYRON THOMAS, ESQ. Nevada Bar No. 8906 3275 S. Jones Blvd., Ste. 104 Las Vegas, Nevada 89146 (702) 747-3103 Attorney for Plaintiff 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff has up to and including May 3, 2021 to file the Amended Complaint. IT IS SO ORDERED: ________________________________ Cam Ferenbach UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 22 23 24 DATED: 4-27-2021 25 26 27 28 4

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