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Keith T. Towns v. Ameriquest Mortgage Co.; et al

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


June 17, 2011

KEITH T. TOWNS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE CO.; ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

On June 3, 2011, defendants Ameriquest Mortgage Company and Town and Country Title Services, Inc., filed an ex parte application for leave to file a motion for summary judgment. (ECF 85.) Plaintiff has not filed an opposition as of the entry of this order.*fn1 For the following reasons, the court GRANTS defendants' request.

The court filed a scheduling order in this case on January 3, 2005, setting a deadline for the hearing of dispositive motions of January 27, 2006. (ECF 10.) Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b)(4) states: "A schedule may be modified only for good cause and with the judge's consent." The determination of "good cause" "focuses on the reasonable diligence of the moving party." Noyes v. Kelly Servs., 488 F.3d 1163, 1174 n.6 (9th Cir. 2007) (citing Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992)). "The district court may modify the pretrial schedule 'if it cannot reasonably be met despite the diligence of the party seeking the extension.'" Johnson, 975 F.2d at 609 (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 advisory committee's notes on 1983 amendment). Defendants have shown good cause and diligence. Significantly, defendants present evidence of plaintiff's membership in a class that settled with defendants on December 4, 2009. (Ex Parte App. at 2.) Judgment was entered on July 30, 2010. (Id. at 5.) Defendants have spent the time since "addressing pending lawsuits covered by the class action and filing appropriate dispositive motions." (Id.) Defendants could not have known that the circumstances would be such prior to the January 27, 2006 deadline.

Accordingly, defendants' ex parte application is hereby GRANTED. Defendants are to file their motion for summary judgment no later than June 29, 2011 and notice it for hearing in accordance with Local Rule 230. All pending dates in this matter are hereby VACATED pending resolution of the anticipated motion for summary judgment, to be reset if necessary.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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