Smith v. Cordero et al

Filing 17

ORDER granting Parties' 16 Stipulated MOTION to Stay Discovery. Signed by Hon. S. Kate Vaughan. (SR)

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Case 3:21-cv-05747-BHS-SKV Document 17 Filed 11/18/21 Page 1 of 3 1 District Judge Benjamin H. Settle Magistrate Judge S. Kate Vaughan 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Case No. C21-5747-BHS-SKV BLAIR SMITH, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, STIPULATED MOTION TO STAY DISCOVERY Noted for Consideration: November 18, 2021 Defendant. Plaintiff Blair Smith and Defendant United States of America, through counsel, respectfully request the Court stay all pretrial deadlines pending the Court’s resolution of the United States’ motion for summary judgment (Dkt. 7). Good cause exists for staying discovery 17 and all current pretrial deadlines because the parties do not wish to undergo the expense of 18 discovery until the Court has determined whether Plaintiff may proceed with this action. 19 20 21 22 23 The United States removed this case from Thurston County Superior Court on October 8, 2021, Dkt. 1, and filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on October 12, 2021, Dkt. 7. That motion is now fully briefed and noted for consideration. Discovery has not yet begun, though the Court has set initial deadlines for the parties to hold an FRCP 26(f) conference, exchange initial disclosures, and file a Joint Status Report and Discovery Plan. Dkt. 9. Because the pending motion for summary judgment could result in dismissal of the case entirely, the parties respectfully request 24 STIPULATD MOTION TO STAY DISCOVERY [Case No. C21-5747-BHS-SKV] - 1 UNITED STATES ATTORNEY 700 STEWART STREET, SUITE 5220 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98101 (206) 553-7970 Case 3:21-cv-05747-BHS-SKV Document 17 Filed 11/18/21 Page 2 of 3 1 the Court stay discovery and the remaining pretrial deadlines pending until the Court has ruled on 2 the motion. Such a stay will allow the parties to avoid the unnecessary expense of conducting 3 discovery in the event the case is dismissed. If the Court finds that Plaintiff’s action can proceed, 4 then the parties are prepared to begin discovery. The parties though their counsel further agree that 5 6 7 neither party will be prejudiced by this stay. SO STIPULATED. Dated November 18, 2021. 8 s/ CYNTHIA S. PARK, WSBA # 58012 Park Chenaur & Assoc., Inc., P.S. 2505 S. 320th St., Suite #100 Federal Way, WA 98003 Phone: 253-839-9440 Fax: 253-839-9485 Email: cynthia@parkchenaur.com 9 10 11 12 Attorney for Plaintiff 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 SO STIPULATED. Dated November 18, 2021. NICHOLAS W. BROWN United States Attorney s/ Whitney Passmore WHITNEY PASSMORE, FL No. 91922 Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney’s Office 700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220 Seattle, Washington 98101-1271 Phone: 206-553-7970 Fax: 206-553-4067 Email: Whitney.Passmore@usdoj.gov Attorney for Defendant STIPULATD MOTION TO STAY DISCOVERY [Case No. C21-5747-BHS-SKV] - 2 UNITED STATES ATTORNEY 700 STEWART STREET, SUITE 5220 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98101 (206) 553-7970 Case 3:21-cv-05747-BHS-SKV Document 17 Filed 11/18/21 Page 3 of 3 ORDER 1 2 IT IS SO ORDERED. 3 DATED this 18th day of November, 2021. 4 A 5 S. KATE VAUGHAN United States Magistrate Judge 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 STIPULATD MOTION TO STAY DISCOVERY [Case No. C21-5747-BHS-SKV] - 3 UNITED STATES ATTORNEY 700 STEWART STREET, SUITE 5220 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98101 (206) 553-7970

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