IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 24, 2013
DAVID HABIG, PLAINTIFF,
W. MCCALLISTER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel in an action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The defendants (Andreasen, Bick, Dickinson, Kotarek, McCallister, Sabin, Sinkovich, and Weber) have filed a motion for summary judgment. Dckt. No. 38. Plaintiff filed an opposition and the defendants filed a reply. However, subsequent to that briefing the court on December 10, 2012, appointed counsel for plaintiff for the limited purpose of litigating the summary judgment motion. Dckt. No. 46. The court granted plaintiff 60 days to prepare a new opposition.
Plaintiff's counsel has now submitted a stipulation entered into by the parties to further extend the time to oppose the motion. Dckt. No. 47. That stipulation notes that plaintiff's counsel is seeking an expert witness (or witnesses) and appropriate affidavits that are needed to prepare an opposition. For that reason, the stipulated request seeks until April 9, 2013 to submit an opposition. The court views this request in light of Rule 56(d) which permits postponement or denial of the motion without prejudice pending the time needed to obtain affidavits or declarations, and grants the request.
Accordingly, good cause appearing therefore, it is hereby ORDERED that: 1. Defendants' motion for summary judgment (Dckt. No. 38) is denied without prejudice. 2. Defendants' may, if they wish, but are not required to submit a new brief and supporting papers by March 1, 2013. Alternatively, defendants may simply re-notice their previously filed motion and supporting papers.
3. Plaintiff shall file an opposition to defendants' motion for summary judgment no later than April 9, 2013.
4. Defendants' reply, if any, shall be filed by April 23, 2013.
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