ORDER AND CONSOLIDATED ACTIONS AND RELATED CLAIMS.
On October 19, 2009, Brian Dawe, Flat Iron Mountain Associates, LLC, Gary Harkins, and Richard Loud ("Plaintiffs") filed a notice of motion and motion to compel the further deposition of defendant California Correctional Peace Officers Association's president and Corrections USA incorporator Michael Jimenez. Dckt. No. 232. Concurrently with the motion to compel, Plaintiffs filed an ex parte application for an order shortening the time for that motion to be heard. Dckt. No. 233. Plaintiffs state that they took Jimenez's deposition on October 13, 2009, but need more time to depose him. Id. at 1. They also state that they sought agreement from defense counsel but had not received a final response as of the time the motion and ex parte application were filed. Id. at 2. In light of their November 18, 2009 discovery deadline and a court holiday on November 11, 2009, "Plaintiffs request that the Court set their motion for hearing on the earliest available date to the Court, and specify accompanying dates for submission of moving and opposition papers." Id.
On October 20, 2009, defendant Corrections USA ("CUSA") filed a notice of motion and motion to compel further responses to special interrogatories from Dawe and Harkins; for further supplemental production of documents; and for sanctions, attorney's fees, and costs. Dckt. No. 235. Concurrently with its motion, CUSA also filed an ex parte application for an order shortening the time for that motion to be heard. Dckt. No. 234. CUSA states that, in light of the November 18, 2009 discovery deadline, "there is insufficient time to Notice a Regular Motion to have this matter heard, given the other discovery matters that must be completed before November 18, 2009." Id. at 2. Therefore, it "requests that the Court shorten time and set these competing Motions to Compel on October 28, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., and/or as soon as the matter can be heard." Id.
Local Rule 6-144(e) provides that "Applications to shorten time shall set forth by affidavit of counsel the circumstances claimed to justify the issuance of an order shortening time [and] will not be granted except upon affidavit of counsel showing a satisfactory explanation for the need for the issuance of such an order and for the failure of counsel to obtain a stipulation for the issuance of such an order from other counsel or parties in the action." Although neither application is supported by the requisite affidavit, in light of the parties' representations and the November 18, 2009 discovery deadline, the applications will nonetheless be granted.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiffs' and CUSA's applications for orders shortening time, Dckt. Nos. 233 and 234, are granted.
2. Plaintiffs' motion to compel the further deposition of Michael Jimenez, Dckt. No. 232, and CUSA's motion to compel further discovery responses from Dawe and Harkins and for sanctions, Dckt. No. 235, will be heard on October 28, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom No. 25.
3. On or before 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, October 23, 2009, the parties shall file a Joint Statement re Discovery Disagreement ("Joint Statement"), providing, as to each of the motions at issue, (1) the specific disputed discovery category or item; (2) the response; (3) the moving party's position; and (4) the opposition.*fn1
4. In addition to filing the Joint Statement electronically in.pdf format, the parties shall also submit the Joint Statement by email in Word or Word Perfect format to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 23, 2009, at 12:00 p.m. (noon). The email subject line must contain the words "Joint Statement," as well as the case number.