Blandino v. Las Vegas Metro Police Department et al

Filing 67

ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion to Stay Discovery ECFNo. 66 is DENIED. Signed by Magistrate Judge Elayna J. Youchah on 5/10/2024. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - GA)

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1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 3 *** 4 KIM BLANDINO, 5 Plaintiff, 6 7 8 Case No. 2:22-cv-00562-GMN-EJY ORDER v. LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, et al., Defendants. 9 10 Pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion to Stay Discovery (ECF No. 66). This is 11 Plaintiff’s third attempt to stay discovery since the Court entered its Order granting Defendant’s 12 Motion to Dismiss with the exception of Plaintiff’s First Amendment Retaliation claim. ECF No. 13 55. 14 Generally, a motion to stay discovery pending resolution of other motions may be granted 15 when: (1) the pending motion is potentially dispositive; (2) the potentially dispositive motion can be 16 decided without additional discovery; and (3) the Court has taken a “preliminary peek” at the merits 17 of the potentially dispositive motion to evaluate the likelihood of dismissal. Kor Media Group, LLC 18 v. Green, 294 F.R.D. 579, 581 (D. Nev. 2013). The party seeking a discovery stay bears the burden 19 of establishing the stay is warranted. Kabo Tools Co. v. Porauto Indus. Co., Ltd., Case No. 2:12-cv- 20 01859-LDG-NJK, 2013 WL 5947138, at *1 (D. Nev. Oct. 31, 2013) (citing Holiday Sys., Int’l of 21 Nev. v. Vivarelli, Scharwz, and Assocs., 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 125542, at *5 (D. Nev. Sept. 5, 2012)). 22 Plaintiff has not met his burden. 23 The Court took a preliminary peek at Plaintiff’s now pending Motion for Summary 24 Judgment. ECF No. 65. The Court finds Plaintiff’s argument regarding Defendant’s affirmative 25 defense is misplaced. A defendant may prevail in its defense against a First Amendment Retaliation 26 claim by showing there is no question of fact as to whether the defendant would have taken the same 27 action in the absence of the speech. Stanley v. City of Dalton, Ga., 219 F.3d 1280, 1292 (11th Cir. 28 2000) (internal citation omitted); Balcom v. City of Pittsburg, Case No. 2:19-cv-506, 2023 WL 1 1 4236202, at *1 (W.D. Penn. June 28, 2023) citing, in part, Nicholas v. Penn. State University, 227 2 F.3d 133, 145 (3d Cir. 2000) (“an employee may not recover in a dual-motives case if the employer 3 shows that it would have taken the same action even absent the protected speech” and “[w]here the 4 defendant establishes its affirmative defense under Mount Healthy [City School District Board of 5 Education v. Doyle, 429 U.S. 274 (1977)] in a First Amendment Retaliation case, the defendant is 6 entitled to judgment even though the protected speech was a substantial or motivating factor in the 7 adverse state action”) (additional citations and internal quote marks omitted). 8 Based on the foregoing, the Court finds Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment is not 9 likely to succeed and, therefore, Plaintiff does not meet the heavy burden required to prompt a stay 10 11 12 13 of discovery. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion to Stay Discovery (ECF No. 66) is DENIED. Dated this 10th day of May, 2024. 14 15 16 17 ELAYNA J. YOUCHAH UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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