IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
October 20, 2009
DONALD GILLEY, PLAINTIFF,
LTMX ENTERPRISES, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Proud, Magistrate Judge
Defendants LTMX Enterprises and Jean L. Ramsey are before the Court seeking to suspend or modify the discovery period, allowing them to receive ruling on their pending motion for summary judgment before completing depositions. (Doc. 44).
The Court appreciates the defendants' desire to conserve its resources in the event summary judgment is granted, but extending the discovery indefinitely will impact the Court's pre-set trial calendar. Therefore, the Court cannot authorize the proposed stay of discovery. However, in accordance with Local Rule 26.1(d), the Court encourages cooperative discovery agreements. The parties are free to agree to complete depositions after the current discovery deadline, even though the Court will not extend the dispositive motion deadline, settlement conference, final pretrial conference or trial settings. Any such agreement should be in writing, if it is to be enforced by the Court.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the subject motion (Doc. 44) is DENIED.
CLIFFORD J. PROUD U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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