Miami Valley Fair Housing Center Inc et al v. Metro Development LLC et al
ORDER denying 68 Motion to Stay. The parties are DIRECTED to meet and confer regarding a potential case schedule. The parties are then DIRECTED to submit that proposed schedule via email by 3/16/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson on 3/9/2017. (agm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
MIAMI VALLEY FAIR HOUSING
CENTER INC, et al.,
Civil Action 2:16-cv-607
Judge George C. Smith
Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson
METRO DEVELOPMENT LLC, et al.,
This matter is before the Court on Defendants Motion to Stay Discovery Pending
Decision on Summary Judgment. (Doc. 68). In its September 7, 2016 Preliminary Pretrial
Order, the Court stayed only expert discovery in this matter until January 31, 2017. (Doc. 28 at
2). The Court continued that stay on expert discovery for an additional thirty (30) days in its
February 3, 2017 Order. (Doc. 47). Defendants now seek an extension of that stay, as well as a
stay of all other discovery, until their pending Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 67) is
As Defendants recognize in their Motion, courts “enjoy broad discretion in managing
discovery.” Grant v. Target Corp., 281 F.R.D. 299, 306 (S.D. Ohio 2012) (citing Lavado v.
Keohane, 992 F.2d 601, 604 (6th Cir. 1993)). In their Motion, Defendants argue that using that
discretion, the Court should stay discovery because“[t]his is not the first time  that Plaintiffs
have come before this Court without standing to do so, as Plaintiffs face a similar dispositive
motion in the related case Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc., et al. v. Preferred Real
Estate Investments, LLC, et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-2737 (the “Preferred Action”). (Doc. 68 at 2).
Accordingly, Defendants argue because the Court granted a similar stay in the Preferred Action,
the Court should stay this case as well. (Id. at 2–3).
On March 8, 2017, however, the similar dispositive motion in Preferred Action was ruled
on, and “[u]nder binding Sixth Circuit precedent, [the] Court [found] that MVFHC ha[d]
presented facts sufficient to support a finding of organization standing at this stage of the
litigation.” (Case No. 2:15-cv-2737, Doc. 83 at 14). While this Court recognizes the dispositive
motion in this case differs in some, potentially material respects from the dispositive motion in
the Preferred Action, the Court believes these nuances will best be explored through discovery.
For the reasons set forth above, Defendants Motion to Stay Discovery Pending Decision
on Summary Judgment (Doc. 68) is DENIED. The parties are DIRECTED to meet and confer
regarding a potential case schedule moving forward. The parties are then DIRECTED to submit
that proposed schedule via email to the Court (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Date: March 9, 2017
/s/ Kimberly A. Jolson
KIMBERLY A. JOLSON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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