The opinion of the court was delivered by: Michael J. Seng United States Magistrate Judge
SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP A Limited Liability Partnership Including Professional Corporations RONALD J. HOLLAND, Cal. Bar No. 148687 email@example.com BABAK YOUSEFZADEH, Cal. Bar No. 235974 firstname.lastname@example.org Four Embarcadero Center, 17th Floor San Francisco, California 94111-4109 Telephone: 415-434-9100 Facsimile: 415-434-3947 Attorneys for KNIGHT TRANSPORTATION, INC.
STIPULATION TO CONTINUE DISCOVERY AND RELATED DEADLINES; ORDER
WHEREAS, Plaintiff Margie Ellis ("Plaintiff") filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Defendant Knight Transportation, Inc. ("Defendant"), on or about June 17, 2011 in the Superior Court of the State of California, Fresno County, alleging retaliation and wrongful termination against Defendant ("Complaint");
WHEREAS, on or about July 18, 2011, Defendant removed the instant action to this Court;
WHEREAS, on or about November 23, 2011, this Court issued a case management/ scheduling order, setting dates for various discovery and trial related deadlines;
WHEREAS, the Parties have been diligently engaged in both written discovery, document production, and depositions;
WHEREAS, during discovery, information and evidence was revealed regarding Plaintiff's damages, which has led the parties to believe informal resolution of this action is possible;
WHEREAS, the Parties have chosen to explore the possibility of informally resolving this matter, and believe that cessation of further discovery is needed, in an effort to avoid additional attorneys' fees and costs, which might make settlement of the action more difficult;
WHEREAS, the Parties do not want a cessation of discovery, for the purposes of pursuing settlement, to prejudice the Parties' ability to complete discovery at a later time in the event that a settlement cannot reached; and
WHEREAS, the Parties have in good faith agreed that a short extension of discovery and related deadlines will permit them to pursue settlement discussions without further attorneys' fees and costs;
NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between the Parties, through their respective counsel, that following currently set dates be continued for about 30 days as follows:
1. The Non-expert discovery cut-off currently set for July 16, 2012 be continued to August 20, 2012;
2. The Non-Dispositive Motion Filing Deadline currently set for August 23, 2012 be ...