Johnson v. Holyoke et al

Filing 15

ORDER granting in part and denying in part Parties' 14 Stipulated MOTION to Extend Deadlines. The new deadline for the disclosure of expert testimony is 5/24/2024. Signed by Judge James L. Robart. (SS)

Download PDF
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 8 9 10 SAMANTHA L. JOHNSON, 11 Plaintiff, v. 12 CASE NO. C23-1114JLR ORDER MELISSA S. HOLYOKE, et al., 13 Defendants. 14 15 Before the court is the parties’ stipulated motion to “extend the current deadlines 16 for disclosure of expert testimony and the discovery cut-off.” (Mot. (Dkt. # 14) at 1.) 17 The deadline for the disclosure of expert testimony was May 8, 2024, and the deadline 18 for completion of discovery is July 8, 2024. (Sched. Order (Dkt. # 13) at 1.) Dispositive 19 motions are due August 6, 2024, and trial is set to begin on November 4, 2024. (Id.) The 20 parties propose to extend (1) the deadline for disclosure of expert testimony to May 24, 21 2024, and (2) the discovery cut-off date to August 16, 2024. (Mot. at 1.) The parties 22 // ORDER - 1 1 represent that they need additional time to obtain expert opinions and engage in 2 mediation. (Mot. at 2.) 3 The court issues scheduling orders setting trial and related dates to provide a 4 reasonable schedule for the resolution of disputes. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil 5 Procedure 16(b)(4), “[a] schedule may be modified only for good cause and with the 6 judge’s consent.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4). “Good cause” for purposes of Rule 16 7 focuses on the diligence of the party or parties seeking to modify the pretrial scheduling 8 order. Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 607-08 (9th Cir. 1992). To 9 show “good cause,” a party must show that it could not meet the deadline imposed by the 10 scheduling order despite its diligence. Id. at 609. As the court noted in its scheduling 11 order, “failure to complete discovery within the time allowed is not recognized as good 12 cause.” (Sched. Order at 1.) 13 The court grants the parties’ motion as it pertains to the deadline for the disclosure 14 of expert testimony but denies the motion as it pertains to the discovery cut-off date. The 15 proposed discovery cut-off date extends beyond the dispositive motions deadline, 16 jeopardizing the remaining deadlines and the trial date. The court generally sets the 17 discovery cut-off 30 days prior to the deadline for filing dispositive motions to ensure 18 that the court has before it a complete record when it considers a motion that could 19 potentially dispose of the case. (See id.) Moreover, the schedule generally provides 90 20 days between the deadline for filing dispositive motions and the trial date. (See id.) This 21 90-day period takes into account: (a) the 28-day period between the deadline for filing 22 dispositive motions and the date those motions become ripe for the court’s consideration, ORDER - 2 1 see Local Rules W.D. Wash. LCR 7(d)(4); and (b) an additional 30 days during which the 2 court endeavors to rule on the motion, see id. LCR 7(b)(5). 3 The court is amenable to moving the discovery cut-off date, but, for the reasons set 4 forth above, any modification must not alter the noting date for dispositive motions. 5 Assuming the parties file dispositive motions on the August 6, 2024 deadline, the noting 6 date will be Tuesday, September 3, 2024. See id. LCR 7(d)(4) (“28-Day Motions”). 7 Thus, the parties may file a renewed motion proposing to extend the discovery cut-off 8 date and the dispositive motions deadline, but all briefing on dispositive motions must be 9 completed by no later than September 3, 2024 under any such proposal. 10 Alternatively, the court will consider moving the parties’ trial date if they 11 determine that the current November 4, 2024 trial date is unworkable. The parties should 12 be aware that the court is presently scheduling trials in the summer of 2025. If the parties 13 agree that the trial date should be moved to afford additional time to complete discovery 14 and participate in mediation, they should file a stipulated motion to that effect. If the 15 court moves this matter to the end of its trial calendar, the court will also issue a new 16 scheduling order with respect to all unexpired pretrial deadlines. 17 For the foregoing reasons, the court GRANTS in part and DENIES in part the 18 parties’ stipulated motion (Dkt. # 14). The new deadline for the disclosure of expert 19 testimony is May 24, 2024. 20 Dated this 9th day of May, 2024. A 21 JAMES L. ROBART United States District Judge 22 ORDER - 3

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.

Why Is My Information Online?