The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sheila K. Oberto United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT'S EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR FURTHER 15-DAY EXTENSION OF TIME TO RESPOND TO COMPLAINT (Docket No. 17)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, defendant, applies under Local Rule 144(c) for a further 15-day extension of the time under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a)(2) for defendant's response to the complaint. The reason is that defense counsel needs more time to confer with and obtain proof from one of the agencies concerned, to formulate defendant's position, to write a responsive motion, and to obtain internal review of the motion before filing. The scheduling constraints are explained in the accompanying counsel declaration. The total period of previous extension of this time is 65 days. A suggested form of order is included in the event this application is granted.
Dated: November 16, 2012 BENJAMIN B. WAGNER United States Attorney By: /s/ YHimel YOSHINORI H. T. HIMEL Assistant U.S. Attorney
YOSHINORI H. T. HIMEL, under 28 U.S.C. 1746(2), declares as follows:
1. I am an Assistant United States Attorney and am assigned the captioned case.
2. By my calculation, after the initial 65-day extension of the time to respond to the complaint, response is due November 21, 2012.
3. Defendant requests this second extension to be able to complete defense counsel's consultation with another federal government law office to formulate and obtain proof for defendant's factual and legal position on one issue in response to the complaint, to finish drafting the response in conformity with that position, and to obtain and respond to internal review of the response.
4. In addition, defense counsel has three dispositive papers due November 21, 2012, including this response; an opposition to amendment and motion to sever in a second case; and a response to a voluminous objection to the Magistrate Judge's dispositive findings and recommendations in a third case.
5. In the undersigned's opinion, it will take until November 29, 2012, to arrive at defendant's position on a remaining question, obtain factual support if any, and incorporate the position in defendant's response. Then, counsel will need to submit the response for internal review, make the response final, and file it. That process is expected to take an additional week, that is, until December 6, 2012.
6. By letter dated November 13, 2012, I asked plaintiff for his position on an extension of this time. A copy of the letter is attached hereto.
7. I have not received any response from plaintiff.
8. In my opinion, the requested period of extension will suffice to perform the needed tasks. No previous request for this ...