IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 12, 2012
NATIONAL FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY OF HARTFORD, ET AL. PLAINTIFFS,
WESTCHESTER FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY, ET AL. DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Carolyn K. Delaney United States Magistrate Judge
Pending before the court are defendants' motions to compel the depositions of the persons most qualified to testify on behalf of plaintiffs as well as the production of documents. (Dkt. No. 26, 27.) In turn, plaintiffs have filed motions for protective orders related to these depositions and document productions. (Dkt. Nos. 28, 30.) All four motions were noticed for hearing before the undersigned on January 25, 2012.
After the motions were filed, the parties were ordered to file their joint statement(s) pursuant to E.D. Cal. L.R. 251 fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing date on January 11, 2012. (Dkt. Nos. 29, 31.) The parties failed to file a joint statement pursuant to E.D. Cal. L.R. 251(c), or any separate statements pursuant to E.D. Cal. L.R. 251(d), by the required deadline.
Additionally, the court notes that the deadline to complete all discovery in this matter is January 25, 2012. (See Dkt. No. 19 at 2.) The district judge's pretrial scheduling order provides that in the context of discovery, the term "completed" means that "all discovery shall have been conducted so that all depositions have been taken and any disputes relative to discovery shall have been resolved by appropriate order if necessary and, where discovery has been ordered, the order has been obeyed. All motions to compel discovery must be noticed on the magistrate judge's calendar in accordance with the local rules of this Court." (See Pretrial Scheduling Order, Dkt. No. 19, at 2.)
Therefore, the parties' motions are untimely under the current discovery deadline, because any depositions and document productions, whether limited by an appropriate protective order or not, would have to take place after the discovery deadline. Accordingly, to obtain the relief requested, the parties must first file a motion before the district judge to modify the pretrial scheduling order and extend the deadline to complete discovery. As such, the instant motions should be denied without prejudice.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The January 25, 2012 hearing on the discovery motions is vacated; and
2. The parties' discovery motions (dkt. nos. 26, 27, 28, and 30) are denied without prejudice.
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