United States District Court, S.D. Florida
BLOOM UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CAUSE is before the Court upon Plaintiffs'
Motion for Ninety Day Extension of Pretrial Deadlines and for
Continuance of Trial Date, ECF No. 
(“Motion”). On January 10, 2020, the Court
entered an Order granting Plaintiffs' expedited motion to
extend discovery and to postpose the depositions of Craig
Wright, Ramona Watts, and Andrew O'Hagan. ECF No. .
Plaintiffs were given until January 14, 2020 to file a motion
seeking any additional relief requested as a result of the
Court's January 10, 2020 Order, ECF No. .
Id. In that Order, ECF No. , the Court affirmed
in part and reversed in part Magistrate Judge Reinhart's
Order, ECF No. , that had deemed certain facts
established and had struck certain affirmative defenses.
Motion, Plaintiffs argue that they cannot adequately prepare
this case for trial under the original timeframe in light of
the Court's January 10, 2020 Order. Plaintiffs now seek
(1) a ninety-day extension of the discovery cut-off and a
corresponding extension of the pre-trial deadlines and the
trial date, and (2) granting seven interrogatories to
propound on Defendant that must be responded to within ten
days. ECF No.  at 3-4. During this proposed period,
Plaintiffs anticipate deposing Defendant after obtaining
information regarding the “bonded courier, ”
id. at 3, deposing Ms. Watts and Mr. O'Hagan,
id. at 4, and deposing other fact witnesses.
Id. at 4-5. Plaintiffs add that they will need to
ask Judge Reinhart to reconsider prior rulings denying
Plaintiffs' written discovery requests given the current
posture of the case, and that they may need to conduct
further written discovery. Id. at 6. Finally,
Plaintiffs request relief from S.D. Fla. L.R. 26.1(g)
(requiring that discovery disputes be presented to the court
by motion within 30 days) and the ability to raise discovery
response issues to Judge Reinhart within 20 days of the
Court's Order. Id. at 7.
Court has considered the Motion, Defendant's Response to
Plaintiffs' Motion to Extend Deadlines and to Continue
Trial, ECF No. , Plaintiffs' Reply in Support of
Their Motion, ECF No. , and is otherwise fully advised.
The Court finds good cause exists for the continuation of the
current pre-trial deadlines and trial dates. Moreover, the
Court will afford both parties an additional period of
discovery. Accordingly, it is
AND ADJUDGED that:
1. The Motion, ECF No. , is
GRANTED IN PART.
2. Plaintiffs shall be entitled to propound seven (7)
interrogatories about the bonded courier. Defendant shall
respond to those interrogatories within ten (10) days of
3. The parties are granted relief from the time limits
imposed in S.D. Fla. L.R. 26.1(g)(1). Plaintiffs are
permitted to seek additional discovery and may file a motion
with the Court should they seek to have the Court reconsider
previous discovery rulings.
4. The Court's Scheduling Orders, ECF Nos. 
and , are AMENDED as follows:
CAUSE is now set for trial during the Court's
two-week trial calendar beginning on July 6, 2020, at
9:00 a.m. Calendar call will be held at 1:45
p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. No pre-trial
conference will be held unless a party requests one at a
later date and the Court determines that one is necessary.
Unless instructed otherwise by subsequent order, the trial
and all other proceedings in this case shall be conducted in
Courtroom 10-2 at the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States
Courthouse, 400 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33128. The
parties shall adhere to the following schedule:
February 4, 2020 Plaintiffs shall raise any
discovery disputes based on prior responses from Defendant
and/or prior rulings Plaintiffs wish to revisit
March 2, 2020 Parties are to apprise the
Court on the progress of discovery by filing a joint report.
March 27, 2020 Parties to disclose expert
witness summaries or reports or disclose new experts with