May 14, 2013
PAVESTONE, LLC, DEFENDANT(S).
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Nancy J. Koppe United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DENYING PROPOSED DISCOVERY PLAN (Docket No. 19)
Pending before the Court is proposed joint discovery plan, Docket No. 19, which is hereby
. The parties have requested time beyond the presumptively reasonable 180-day discovery period based on the pendency of a motion to dismiss. See Docket No. 19 at 2; see also Docket No. 8 (motion to dismiss). The parties further state that they do not intend to conduct discovery while that motion is pending. See Docket No. 19 at 2. "The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not provide for automatic or blanket stays of discovery when a potentially dispositive motion is pending." See, e.g., Ministerio Roca Solida v. U.S. Dep't of Fish & Wildlife, 288 F.R.D. 500, 502 (D. Nev. 2013). Indeed, the Local Rules are written to make clear that the presumptively reasonable 180-day discovery period begins when the first defendant "answers or appears." Local Rule 26-1(e)(1) (emphasis added). The pending motion to dismiss is not reason in itself to provide an extended discovery period.
Moreover, the proposed discovery plan misstates Local Rule 26-4, which provides that "[a]ll motions or stipulations to extend a deadline set forth in a discovery plan shall be received by the Court no later than twenty-one (21) days before the expiration of the subject deadline." Thus, for example, a request to extend the expert disclosure deadline must be filed at least 21 days before that deadline is set to expire. The filed proposed discovery plan provides that all requests for extensions may be filed up to 21 days before the discovery cut-off, which is inconsistent with the Local Rules.
Lastly, the Court notes that the discovery plan was not timely filed. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss on March 25, 2013. Docket No. 8. The Rule 26(f) conference was required to be held within 30 days thereafter, or April 25, 2013. See Local Rule 26-1(d) ("Counsel for plaintiff shall initiate the scheduling of the Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) meeting within thirty (30) days after the first defendant answers or otherwise appears" (emphasis added)). The stipulated discovery plan was due 14 days thereafter, or May 9, 2013. See Local Rule 26-1(d) ("Fourteen (14) days after the mandatory Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) conference, the parties shall submit a stipulated discovery plan and scheduling order").*fn1 In this case, the Rule 26(f) conference was not held until May 9, 2013 and the proposed discovery plan was not filed until May 14, 2013. The Court expects strict compliance with the Local Rules.
Accordingly, no later than May 21, 2013, the parties shall file an amended discovery plan providing deadlines based on a discovery period of 180-days calculated from March 25, 2013. Should the parties so desire, they may also file a separate request to stay discovery pending the outcome of the motion to dismiss.*fn2 The amended discovery plan shall also contain extension language consistent with Local Rule 26-4.
IT IS SO ORDERED.