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John Doe Co. v. Does

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

December 20, 2013

JOHN DOE COMPANY, individually and on behalf of all similarly situated in the State of California, Plaintiff,
v.
JOHN DOES 1-15, Defendants.

ORDER GRANTING JOINT MOTION TO STAY CASE PENDING RESOLUTION OF RELATED CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS [Docket No. 6]

ROGER T. BENITEZ, District Judge.

Before this Court is a Joint Motion to Stay Proceedings Pending Resolution of Related Criminal Proceedings. (Docket No. 6). A court has discretion to stay a civil case "when the interests of justice" require the action. Keating v. Office of Thrift Supervision, 45 F.3d 322, 324 (9th Cir. 1995). The decision is to be made "in light of the particular circumstances and competing interests involved in the case." Id. (citation omitted).

The present civil proceeding challenges the actions of federal agents in conducting an investigation related to the pending criminal proceeding in United States v. Pollock, 12-CR-4599-MMA (S.D. Cal.). (Joint Mot. at 2). The parties assert that a stay would prevent civil discovery from interfering with the criminal case and promote efficiency. ( Id. at 2-4). Upon full review of the briefing in this matter, this Court agrees that it is in the interests of justice to stay this case pending resolution of the criminal proceeding.

The case is therefore STAYED.

The parties are ORDERED to file status reports no later than May 19, 2014 informing this Court of the progress of criminal proceedings and whether the party seeks to continue the stay.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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