IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
July 10, 2012
WESTERN RESOURCE PARTNERS, INC., PLAINTIFF,
HAMSTRA BUILDERS, INC. AND DOES 1 THROUGH 10, INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.
ORDER AND RELATED CROSS-ACTION.
On July 9, 2012, defendant filed an ex parte application for expedited consideration of a hearing on defendant's accompanying motion to compel plaintiff to respond to defendant's second set of interrogatories, to supplement its answer to defendant's first set of interrogatories, and to compel the depositions of four individuals. Dckt. No. 54 at 2. Defendant contends that "[i]n light of the discovery deadline of July 9, 2012, expedited consideration of Defendant's Motion to Compel is needed as well as leave from the requirement that the parties file a joint statement of discovery dispute under the Local Rules." Id. at 3. Defendant therefore "requests that the Court consider this Motion immediately to preserve its right to compel a proper response to its First and Second Set of Interrogatories and to conduct the depositions of the above referenced individuals as agreed by the parties." Id.
On May 14, the district judge granted the parties' stipulation to extend the discovery deadline to July 9, 2012.*fn1 Dckt. No. 43. As stated in the court's amended pretrial scheduling order, the discovery deadline is the date on which all discovery is to be "completed," which "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." See March 27, 2012 Amended Pretrial Scheduling Order, Dckt. No. 35, at 2.
This court has no authority to consider defendant's discovery motion since the discovery deadline has now passed.*fn2 While defendant may file a motion to further modify the amended pretrial scheduling order, the motion must be heard and decided by the district judge. Accordingly, defendant's ex parte application for expedited consideration of a hearing on defendant's motion to compel, and the accompanying motion to compel, Dckt. No. 54, are denied without prejudice.*fn3