The opinion of the court was delivered by: Lucy H. Koh United States District Judge
United States District Court For the Northern District of California
ORDER GRANTING, AS MODIFIED, FOURTH JOINT STIPULATION TO CONTINUE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION HEARING
On August 26, 2010, Plaintiff filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. On August 27, 2010, this case was reassigned to the undersigned Judge, 22 who denied issuance of a TRO and deferred ruling on a preliminary injunction. The Court also 23 scheduled a preliminary injunction hearing for September 7, 2010 and set an expedited briefing 24 schedule.
Pursuant to the parties' representations that a global settlement was "near completion," the Court has granted three joint stipulations to continue the preliminary injunction hearing and related 27 briefing. In each stipulation, the parties stated that they did not envision seeking additional 28 extensions. Since October 27, 2010, the parties have operated under "interim conditions" in connection with the Road Clearing Project that is the subject of this action. On January 10, 2011, 2 the parties filed yet another motion to continue the preliminary injunction hearing, requesting a 45 3 day extension in order for Defendants to get the "proper authorization from both the U.S.
Department of Agriculture as well as the Department of Justice."
The parties' request for a continuance is granted. Because the preliminary injunction 6 motion has been pending since August 2010, this Court will not grant the continuance for the 7 length of time requested by the parties. The preliminary injunction hearing is continued to Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., with Defendant's Opposition due February 17, 2011 and Plaintiff's Reply due February 20, 2011.
A Case Management Conference will follow the February 24, 2011 preliminary injunction United States District Court For the Northern District of California hearing. The parties' Joint Case Management Statement, including a proposed case schedule through trial, is due February 17, 2011.
As this motion will have been pending for six months by the time of the February 24, 2011 hearing, the Court will not grant any further continuances. Absent a stipulation of dismissal, the 15 parties should be prepared to litigate this case.
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