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Andrew v. Hamilton County Public Hospital

United States District Court, N.D. Iowa, Central Division

November 6, 2017

MARK H. ANDREW, M.D., Plaintiff,
v.
HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL d/b/a Van Diest Medical Center, and LORI RATHBUN, Defendants.

          ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO EXTEND DEADLINES

          C.J. Williams Chief United States Magistrate Judge

         I. INTRODUCTION

         This matter is before the Court pursuant to plaintiff's Motion to Extend Scheduling Order Deadlines. (Doc. 24). Plaintiff requests that deadlines for expert disclosures, completion of discovery, and dispositive motions be extended almost two months. Defendants resist plaintiff's motion, in part, agreeing only to a two-week extension of time for expert disclosures to be made. (Doc. 25). For the reasons that follow, the Court grants in part and denies in part plaintiff's motion.

         II. BACKGROUND

         On May 12, 2017, plaintiff filed suit against defendants in state court, essentially claiming wrongful termination. (Doc. 2). On June 6, 2017, defendants removed this case to federal court. (Id.). On August 17, 2017, the Court entered a scheduling order setting, inter alia, the following deadlines:

Plaintiff's expert disclosures: Nov. 6, 2017
Defendants' expert disclosures: Jan. 8, 2018
Plaintiff's rebuttal expert disclosures: Feb. 8, 2018
Completion of discovery: Apr. 9, 2018
Dispositive Motions: May 9, 2018

(Doc. 12). Trial was scheduled for February 11, 2019. (Doc. 13). On October 27, 2017, plaintiff for the first time served written discovery requests on defendant. (Doc.

25, at 2). Responses are due November 27, 2017. (Id.).

         III. DISCUSSION

         Plaintiff seeks an order extending the deadlines for disclosing experts, the discovery deadline, and the dispositive motion deadline. Specifically, plaintiff requests that the new deadlines are extended 30 days from ...


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