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Christopher Surico v. C/O Vega

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 1, 2013

CHRISTOPHER SURICO,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
C/O VEGA, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary S. Austin United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO MODIFY SCHEDULING ORDER (Doc. 36.) ORDER EXTENDING DISCOVERY DEADLINE FOR LIMITED PURPOSE DISCUSSED IN THIS ORDER ORDER EXTENDING DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS DEADLINE FOR ALL PARTIES TO THIS ACTION New Discovery Cut-Off Date: 07/30/2013 New Dispositive Motions Deadline: 10/30/2013

Plaintiff is a prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ' 1983. Plaintiff filed the Complaint commencing this action on May 11, 2011. (Doc. 1.) The parties to this action have consented to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 636(c).*fn1 (Docs 5, 25.) Therefore, the undersigned shall conduct any and all proceedings in the case, including trial and entry of final judgment.

This case now proceeds on the First Amended Complaint, filed on May 29, 2012, against defendants Tyler and Vega (ADefendants@) for failure to protect Plaintiff, in violation of the Eighth Amendment. (Doc. 12.)

On September 21, 2012, the Court issued a Scheduling Order establishing deadlines of May 21, 2013 for completion of discovery, and August 1, 2013 for the parties to file pretrial dispositive motions. (Doc. 21.) On November 21, 2012, Defendants filed a motion to dismiss, which is pending. (Doc. 22.) This case is presently in the discovery phase.

On April 29, 2013, Defendants filed a motion to modify the Scheduling Order. (Doc. 36.)

II. MOTION TO MODIFY SCHEDULING ORDER

Modification of a scheduling order requires a showing of good cause, Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b), and good cause requires a showing of due diligence, Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992). To establish good cause, the party seeking the modification of a scheduling order must generally show that even with the exercise of due diligence, they cannot meet the requirement of the order. Id. The court may also consider the prejudice to the party opposing the modification. Id. If the party seeking to amend the scheduling order fails to show due diligence the inquiry should end and the court should not grant the motion to modify. Zivkovic v. Southern California Edison, Co., 302 F.3d 1080, 1087 (9th Cir. 2002). A party may obtain relief from the court=s deadline date for discovery by demonstrating good cause for allowing further discovery. Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4).

Defendants request an extension of the discovery deadline for the purpose of taking Plaintiff's deposition, if necessary, until thirty days after Defendants' pending motion to dismiss is resolved. Defendants explain that if the motion to dismiss is successful, they will not need to depose Plaintiff, and the time and resources to conduct a deposition will not need to be expended.

The Court finds that Defendants have shown due diligence in filing their motion to dismiss early in the discovery phase of this action, and in anticipating that the discovery deadline will expire before the motion to dismiss is resolved, making it impossible for them to know before the expiration of discovery whether it will be necessary to take Plaintiff's deposition. Therefore, the Court finds good cause to extend the discovery deadline in this action for the limited purpose of Defendants taking Plaintiff=s deposition, if necessary. The Court also finds good cause to extend the dispositive motions deadline for all parties. Thus, good cause appearing, Defendants' motion to modify the Discovery/Scheduling Order shall be granted.

III. CONCLUSION

Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Defendants' motion to modify the Court's Scheduling Order is GRANTED;

2. The deadline for the completion of discovery is extended from May 21, 2013 to July 30, 2013, for the limited purpose of Defendants taking Plaintiff=s deposition, if necessary;

3. The deadline for filing and serving pretrial dispositive motions is extended from August 1, 2013 to October 30, 2013, for all parties to this action; and

4. All other provisions of the Court's September 21, 2012 Scheduling Order remain the same.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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