The Hanover Insurance Company v. Mehling et al
MINUTE ORDER granting Defendants' 42 Surreply/Motion to Strike, portion of Plaintiff's 39 Reply indicating that plaintiff intends to seek leave to amend its complaint to assert a claim for rescission ; deferring and re-noting Plaintiff's 32 MOTION for Reconsideration : Noting Date 8/11/2017 ; directing parties to file a Joint Status Report due by 8/11/2017. Authorized by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (SWT)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
THE HANOVER INSURANCE
CRISTINA MEHLING, et al.,
The following Minute Order is made by direction of the Court, the Honorable
Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Judge:
Defendants’ motion to strike, docket no. 42, the portion of plaintiff’s reply,
docket no. 39, indicating that plaintiff intends to seek leave to amend its complaint to
assert a claim for rescission, is GRANTED. Raising such issue for the first time in a
reply, which is in support of a motion for reconsideration regarding a ruling unrelated to
the amendment of pleadings, is improper.
Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration, docket no. 32, is DEFERRED, and
RENOTED to August 11, 2017. Plaintiff has confirmed that its seeks reconsideration
only of the stay imposed by the Minute Order entered May 8, 2017, docket no. 31, and
that it wishes to proceed to trial on whether it owes a duty to defend defendants in the
underlying state court litigation brought by the Chapter 7 Trustee for the Andrew Kim
Bankruptcy Estate. Trial in this matter was originally scheduled for January 29, 2018,
and plaintiff makes no assertion that trial could be conducted any earlier on the issue of
its duty to defend. According to defendants, trial in the state court proceeding is set for
October 2, 2017, and a motion for summary judgment has already been set for hearing on
August 4, 2017. The parties are DIRECTED to file a Joint Status Report by August 11,
2017, regarding (i) whether the state court has ruled on the dispositive motion and, if not,
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1 when a decision is anticipated, (ii) whether trial in the underlying case is still expected to
commence on October 2, 2017, and (iii) when is the earliest date on which the parties in
2 this matter could be prepared for trial on the duty-to-defend portion of the case.
The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Minute Order to all counsel of
Dated this 27th day of June, 2017.
William M. McCool
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