Linson v. Klimek et al

Filing 23

ORDER granting 20 Motion to Stay Discovery. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 4/26/2017. (JLS)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT filed DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA 26 2017 SOUTHERN DIVISION CIERK TODD D. LINSON, 4:16-CV-04167-RAL Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING MOTION vs. TO STAY DISCOVERY JOSH KLIMEK, TAMMY DEJONG, Defendants. Plaintiff Todd D. Linson ("Linson") filed a pro se civil rights lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Doc. 1. This Court screened Linson's complaint, directed service of his complaint, and requested that the parties file proposed scheduling orders. Doc. 5; Doc 15. Defendants now move to stay discovery until the court determines the issue of qualified immunity. Doc. 20. Pursuant to Rule 26(c), "the court has discretion to stay discovery on other issues until the critical issue has been decided." 8A Charles Alan Wright, Arthur R. Miller, and Richard L. Marcus, Federal Practice and Procedure § 2040(3d ed.); Steinbuch v. Cutler, 518 F.3d 580, 588 (8th Cir. 2008)(citi,ng Lakin v. Prudential Sec., Inc., 348 F.3d 704, 713 (8th Cir. 2003)); see also Maune v. Int'lBhd. ofElec. Workers, 83 F.3d 959, 963 (8th Cir. 1996) (upholding the district court's granting of a party's request to stay discovery). Because the qualified immunity issue may be dispositive, the court grants defendants' motion to stay discovery. ^ Linson argues that the court should not grant the motion. He argues that defendants are merely trying to stall the litigation by moving for a protective order because they are not entitled to qualified immunity. Although defendants could have responded to this Court's order or moved for a stay of discovery in a more timely manner, whether defendants are entitled to qualified immunity is unclear at this point. Linson also argues that this Court denied defendants' defense of qualified immunity, but this is not correct. Accordingly, it is ORDERED, 1. Defendants' motion for protective order (Docket 20) is granted. Discovery will be stayed until the court determines the issue of qualified immunity. If summary judgment is denied, the stay on discovery will be lifted. 2. Defendants shall file their motion for summary judgment by May 25, 2017. Dated Eebruary j^, 2017. BY THE COURT: CL. ROBERTO A. LANGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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