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Massey v. Hess

June 8, 2007

SUSAN MASSEY AND WILLIAM SCOTT MASSEY, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
DETECTIVE D.L. HESS AND KATHLEEN OELSCHLEGEL, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A MEMBER OF THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA POLICE DEPARTMENT; OFFICER JASON WAGNON, OFFICER CURTIS MORRIS, AND OFFICER KEITH JENNINGS, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE CHATTANOOGA POLICE DEPARTMENT; AND CITY OF CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE, DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Chief Judge Curtis L. Collier

ORDER

Before the Court is Plaintiffs Susan Massey and William Massey's ("Plaintiffs") motion for an extension of time to respond to Defendants' dispositive motions (Court File No. 80). Plaintiffs' motion states they request an additional 17 days, or through June 18, 2007, to respond to "Summary Motions filed in this case" (Id.). At the time Plaintiffs filed their motion there was only one summary judgment motion pending, Defendants, D.L. Hess and Kathleen Oelschlegel's motion for summary judgment (Court File No. 74), which was filed on May 11, 2007.*fn1 Pursuant to Local Rule 7.1(a), Plaintiffs had until May 31, 2007 to respond to this dispositive motion. E.D. TN. LR 7.1(a) ("parties shall have 20 days in which to respond to dispositive motions"). Plaintiffs filed their motion for an extension of time to respond on June 1, 2007 after the deadline had already expired. Additionally, the reasons provided by Plaintiffs' counsel as grounds for an extension of time will occur after the deadline to respond has expired.*fn2

Requests such as this have a disrupting effect on the Court's management of its docket. However, it is much better for the Court to have the benefit of a response to the summary judgment motion which will contain a researched argument, legal citation, and supporting evidence. Therefore, the Court will GRANT Plaintiffs' motion (Court File No. 80) and will extend the time to respond to Defendants, D.L. Hess and Kathleen Oelschlegel's motion for summary judgment (Court File No. 74) to June 18, 2007.

SO ORDERED.

CURTIS L. COLLIER CHIEF UNITED STATES ...


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