Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. The Cheesecake Factory Inc et al

Filing 21

ORDER striking Defendants' 19 Motion to compel without prejudice to refiling the motion in a manner that comports with the court's scheduling order. Signed by Judge James L. Robart. (PM)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 8 9 10 EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, 11 Plaintiff, 12 13 14 ORDER STRIKING MOTION TO COMPEL DISCOVERY v. THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY, INC., et al., Defendants. 15 16 CASE NO. C16-1942JLR Before the court is Defendants’ motion to compel Plaintiff Equal Employment 17 Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to respond to Defendants’ discovery requests. (Mot. 18 (Dkt. # 19).) Defendants filed that motion without first requesting a conference with the 19 court. (See Dkt.) The motion therefore contravenes the court’s March 17, 2017, 20 scheduling order. (See Sched. Order (Dkt. # 14) at 2 (citing Fed. R. Civ. P. 21 16(b)(3)(B)(v)) (“[P]ursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16, the Court ‘direct[s] 22 that before moving for an order relating to discovery, the movant must request a ORDER - 1 1 conference with the court’ by notifying [the courtroom deputy] . . . .” (second alteration 2 in original))); see also Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(3)(B)(v) (permitting the court, in its 3 scheduling order, to “direct that before moving for an order relating to discovery, the 4 movant must request a conference with the court”). The court therefore STRIKES 5 Defendants’ motion to compel (Dkt. # 19) without prejudice to refiling the motion in a 6 manner that comports with the court’s scheduling order. 7 Dated this 14th day of July, 2017. 8 9 A 10 JAMES L. ROBART United States District Judge 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ORDER - 2

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