Sciabacucchi et al v. Barton et al
ORDER re Consol Plaintiff Melvyn Klein's 81 Motion for Extension of Time to Substitute Party. The Court FINDS that the facts in this matter justify an extension of 90 days to substitute a party. Counsel's motion (Dkt. No. 81 ) is GRANTED. Mr. Klein's counsel is DIRECTED to provide a status report to the Court if the letters remain outstanding after 80 days. Signed by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour. (SR)
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THE HONORABLE JOHN C. COUGHENOUR
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
IN RE ZILLOW GROUP, INC.
Master File No.: C17-1568-JCC
This matter comes before the Court on motion of counsel for Plaintiff Melvyn Klein for
an extension of time to substitute party (Dkt. No. 81) and Mr. Klein’s counsel’s notice of
suggestion of Mr. Klein’s death (Dkt. No. 78). Having thoroughly reviewed the motion and the
relevant record, the Court GRANTS the motion for the reasons explained below.
If a party dies and the claim survives, the Court may order substitution of the proper
party. Fed. Rule. Civ. P. 25(a)(1). A motion for substitution must be made within 90 days after
service of a statement noting the death, or else the action by or against the decedent must be
dismissed. See id.
On August 31, 2021, Mr. Klein’s counsel filed a notice of suggestion of Mr. Klein’s
death under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(a)(1). (Dkt. No. 78.) Counsel learned that Mr.
Klein’s daughter was named as executrix in his will, and letters testamentary would be issued
following probate proceedings in New York. (Id. at 1.) The delivery of the letters testamentary
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has been delayed due to COVID-19. (Id.) Counsel asserts a motion to substitute the Mr. Klein’s
estate as a party will be filed once the letters are received. Counsel therefore requests an
additional 90 days to make a motion to substitute. (Id. at 2.) No other parties have filed a
response to this motion.
The Court FINDS that the facts in this matter justify an extension of 90 days to substitute
a party. Counsel’s motion (Dkt. No. 81) is GRANTED. Mr. Klein’s counsel is DIRECTED to
provide a status report to the Court if the letters remain outstanding after 80 days.
DATED this 10th day of January 2022.
John C. Coughenour
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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