United States District Court, E.D. California
EDMUND F. BRENNAN, District Judge.
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel in an action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This order addresses five motions pending before the court. See ECF Nos. 56, 58, 59, 60, and 62.
I. MOTIONS TO COMPEL
Plaintiff has filed two motions to compel defendants to respond to his discovery requests. ECF Nos. 56, 58. In response, defendants admit error, apologize, and explain: "Upon receiving Plaintiff's Motion, Defendants' counsel reviewed the proofs of service for Defendants' discovery responses and learned that they were apparently sent to an R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility post office box, instead of to the institution's street address." ECF No. 57 at 1. Defendants stated that they served plaintiff with their discovery responses soon after receiving plaintiff's motion and identifying their error. Id. at 2.
Defendants' representation to the court that they have served plaintiff with their discovery responses moots plaintiff's motions to compel those discovery responses. Accordingly, the court will deny plaintiff's motions to compel. If plaintiff contends that defendants have not in fact served the responses or if plaintiff believes the responses do not comply with the discovery rules, he may file another motion to compel.
II. MOTION TO MODIFY THE SCHEDULING ORDER
Plaintiff's first motion to compel requested that the court set new dates "in the case and for trial." ECF No. 56 at 1. Plaintiff subsequently filed a separate motion that elaborates on his request to modify the scheduling order and specifically asks for additional time (1) to conduct discovery and to file motions to compel discovery, (2) to file dispositive motions, and (3) "to request a settlement." ECF No. 62 at 1, 3. Defendants do not oppose an extension of the time for the filing of dispositive motions,  but do oppose any other modification of the scheduling order. ECF No. 57 at 2; ECF No. 66 at 1-3.
A. Time to File Dispositive Motions and "To Request a Settlement"
Because defendants do not oppose the request, the court will modify the scheduling order and extend the deadline to file dispositive motions. However, plaintiff's motion is denied to the extent it seeks to modify the scheduling order to extend the time "to request a settlement, " as the scheduling order does not place any time restriction on such requests. See ECF No. 35; see also ECF No. 66 at 3 ("Although Defendants maintain that Plaintiff's allegations are entirely false, they would not oppose a settlement conference once the dispositive motions are resolved.").
B. Time to Conduct Discovery and to File Motions to Compel Discovery
The scheduling order stated: "The parties may conduct discovery until October 17, 2014. Any motions necessary to compel discovery shall be filed by that date. All requests for discovery pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 31, 33, 34, or 36 shall be served not later than August 8, 2014." ECF No. 35 at 4. Defendants oppose plaintiff's motion to modify those deadlines. ECF No. 66 at 2.
A scheduling order may be modified upon a showing of good cause. Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(b). Good cause exists when the moving party demonstrates he cannot meet the deadline despite exercising due diligence. Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992).
Plaintiff alleges that because he did not receive defendants' discovery responses until early January 2015, he has not had a sufficient amount of time to determine if he needs to file additional discovery requests or motions to compel. ECF No. 62 at 1-2. Good cause appearing, the court will modify the scheduling order to provide additional time for the parties to conduct discovery, file motions to compel, and file requests for discovery pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 31, 33, 34, or 36. See also Calloway v. Veal, 571 F.Appx. 626, 627 (9th Cir. 2014) (reversing grant of summary judgment for defendants because plaintiff did not have "an appropriate opportunity to conduct discovery, " where "[t]he magistrate judge's ...