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Washington v. City of Springfield

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD DIVISION


November 25, 2008

LARRY M. WASHINGTON, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
CITY OF SPRINGFIELD, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jeanne E. Scott, District Judge

OPINION

This matter comes before the Court on Defendant City of Springfield's Motion to Bifurcate Monell Claim (d/e 139). The Court may order separate trials for the convenience of the parties, to avoid prejudice, and to promote judicial economy. Fed. R. Civ. P. 42(b). Count III is the municipal liability claim against the City. Complaint (d/e 1), Count III.

The Court has considered this matter carefully and has determined not to stay discovery. Such a stay would not promote judicial economy and could cause unreasonable delays if the parties were required to conduct discovery twice. The Court, further, will not order a separate trial for Count III at this time. The Court cannot evaluate the possible prejudice by conducting a single trial until discovery is completed. The City, or any other party, may renew the request for separate trials after discovery is completed.

THEREFORE, the Motion to Bifurcate Monell Claim (d/e 139) is DENIED, with leave to renew the request for a separate trial at the close of discovery.

IT IS THEREFORE SO ORDERED.

JEANNE E. SCOTT UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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