The opinion of the court was delivered by: Morrison C. England, JR United States District Judge
STIPULATION REGARDING MODIFICATION OF THE ORDER REQUIRING JOINT STATUS REPORT; ORDER [Local Rule 6-144(a)]
Plaintiffs The Morning Star Packing Company, Liberty Packing Company, LLC, California Fruit & Tomato Kitchens, LLC, and The Morning Star Company (collectively, "Plaintiffs") and defendants Randall Rahal ("Rahal"), Intramark USA, Inc. ("Intramark") SK Foods, L.P., and Scott Salyer (collectively, "Defendants"), by and through their counsel of record, hereby submit the following Stipulation and Proposed Order pursuant to Local Rule 6-144(a):
WHEREAS, Plaintiffs filed a complaint in the above-captioned case on January 22, 2009. Defendant SK Foods has filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, which is set for hearing on June 25, 2009. Defendant Scott Salyer has joined in that motion;
WHEREAS, a joint status report is currently due on April 27, 2009;
WHEREAS, no modifications have yet been sought or made to the Order Requiring Joint Status Report, and no extensions have yet been granted for the time to file a joint status report;
WHEREAS, the United States has filed a motion to intervene in this matter, with the express purpose of seeking to limit discovery of the parties;
WHEREAS, the United States' motion to intervene is currently scheduled for hearing on May 13, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., in this Court;
WHEREAS, if the United States' motion to intervene is granted and the United States obtains a stay of discovery, by stipulation or by motion, the resulting stay will have significant impact on the primary subjects of the joint status report, i.e. the discovery plan and case schedule, and the parties cannot reasonably anticipate how a stay of discovery in this matter will impact the resultant discovery and case schedule unless and until such a stay is actually issued;
WHEREAS, without modification to the Order Requiring Joint Status Report, the anticipated motion by the United States to stay or otherwise limit discovery in this matter will likely require the parties to file an amended joint status report and will result in the need for substantial modification of any scheduling order issued by the Court; and
WHEREAS, this requested modification of the Order Requiring Joint Status Report seeks to avoid needless duplication of the parties' and the Court's efforts.
THEREFORE, Plaintiffs and Defendants, by and through their respective counsel of record and with the approval of the Court, hereby stipulate as follows:
1. The Joint Status Report in this matter will be due not later than 30 days following: (1) the denial of the United States' motion to intervene, or (2) if the United States motion to intervene is granted, the resolution of the anticipated motion by the United States to stay or otherwise limit discovery in this matter.