Stockade Companies, LLC et al v. Kelly Restaurant Group, LLC
ORDER DENYING Defendant's 51 Motion for Reconsideration. Defendant shall respond to all discovery requests, including requests for production, on or before 08/07/17. Signed by Judge Robert Pitman. (klw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
STOCKADE COMPANIES, LLC and
STOCKADE FRANCHISING, LP,
KELLY RESTAURANT GROUP, LLC,
Before the Court in the above-entitled matter is Defendant’s Opposed Motion for
Reconsideration and Motion to Stay Expedited Discovery Order, (Dkt. 51). By way of the instant
motion, Defendant seeks relief from the Court’s order granting Plaintiffs’ Opposed Motion for
Expedited Discovery, (Dkt. 50). Defendant seeks reconsideration pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 60(b)(6), which provides that “the court may relieve a party” from an order for any
“reason that justifies relief.” Defendant asserts it should be granted relief because the Court granted
Plaintiffs’ motion before Defendant had an opportunity to respond. (Mot. Recons., Dkt. 51, at 2).
Local Rule CV-1 provides that “[a]ny judge of this court may waive any requirement of these
rules regarding the administration of that judge’s docket.” W.D. Tex. Local Rule CV-1(e). The Court
found that doing so here was appropriate because, given the nature of Plaintiffs’ motion, allowing
Defendants seven days to respond would necessarily have deprived Plaintiffs the relief sought. After
considering the merits of Plaintiffs’ motion, applicable law, and the history of this case, the Court
concluded that granting Plaintiffs’ motion without delay was the appropriate course of action.
The arguments contained in Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration further satisfy the
Court that its conclusion was correct. Defendant contends that “the discovery sought . . . is unduly
burdensome” and that “certain discovery requests are not relevant.” (Mot. Recons., Dkt. 51, at 2–3).
The Court disagrees. The claims underlying the Motion for Preliminary Injunction were discussed at
the hearing on Plaintiffs’ prior Motion for Preliminary Injunction and were the subject of Plaintiffs’
Amended Complaint. Moreover, discovery regarding manuals or operations is exceedingly relevant
to Plaintiffs’ current claims.
As the Court explained in a previous order, (Dkt. 34), courts assessing whether good cause
for expedited discovery exists “often consider ‘(1) whether a preliminary injunction is pending; (2)
the breadth of the discovery requests; (3) the purpose for requesting the expedited discovery; (4) the
burden on the defendants to comply with the requests; and (5) how far in advance of the typical
discovery process the request was made.’” Id. at *2 (quoting St. Louis Grp., Inc. v. Metals & Additives
Corp., 275 F.R.D. 236, 240 (S.D. Tex. 2011)). Here, a preliminary injunction is pending, Plaintiffs
have limited their discovery requests to those topics directly at issue in their Motion for Preliminary
Injunction, and—given the previous notice of the likelihood that these issues would be litigated
provided by (1) the discussion at the May 12, 2017 hearing, and (2) Plaintiffs’ amended complaint—
the burden on Defendant to comply with the requests is not undue. The Court is therefore satisfied
that no reason exists justifying Defendant’s request for relief from its previous Order.
Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration, (Dkt. 51), is therefore DENIED. Defendant shall
respond to all discovery requests, including requests for production, on or before August 7, 2017.
SIGNED on August 3, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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