Sharkey v. Fortress Systems International, Inc. et al
ORDER denying 13 Joint Motion to Stay. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall conduct an Initial Attorneys Conference and file a Certificate of Initial Attorneys Conference on or before May 9, 2018. Signed by Magistrate Judge David Keesler on 4/12/18. (mga)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:18-CV-019-FDW-DCK
CATHERINE E. SHARKEY,
FORTRESS SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL,
INC., and ZHONG SU,
THIS MATTER BEFORE THE COURT on the parties’ “Joint Motion To Stay”
(Document No. 13) filed April 11, 2018. This matter has been referred to the undersigned
Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C §636(b), and immediate review is appropriate. Having
carefully considered the motion, the record, and applicable authority, the undersigned will deny
the motion to stay as requested, but will allow the parties additional time to file their Certificate of
Initial Attorney’s Conference.
As the pending motion notes, this matter has already been delayed by two extensions of
time. See (Document Nos. 4 and 9). Moreover, the undersigned is not persuaded that declining
to stay this matter for sixty (60) days will prejudice the parties or preclude productive settlement
discussions. In fact, the parties appear to agree that the exchange of some discovery will facilitate
settlement discussions. (Document No. 13, p.2). As such, the Court encourages the parties to
proceed with consensual discovery as proposed, and will allow an extension of time to file a
Certificate of Initial Attorney’s Conference pursuant to Local Rule 16.1.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that the parties’ “Joint Motion To Stay” (Document
No. 13) is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall conduct an Initial Attorney’s
Conference and file a Certificate of Initial Attorney’s Conference on or before May 9, 2018.
Signed: April 12, 2018
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