Tolliver v. Noble et al, No. 2:2016cv01020 - Document 149 (S.D. Ohio 2021)

Court Description: OPINION AND ORDER denying ECF No. 146 Plaintiff's Motion for Telephone Conference; DENYING ECF No. 147 Plaintiff's Renewed Objection to Magistrate's Position on Declaratory Judgment Issues Contained in Complaint and GRANTING ECF N o. granting 148 Defendant's Motion for Extension of Time to File Dispositive Motion. Signed by Judge Edmund A. Sargus on 9/7/2021. (cmw)(This document has been sent by regular mail to the party(ies) listed in the NEF that did not receive electronic notification.)
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Tolliver v. Noble et al Doc. 149 Case: 2:16-cv-01020-EAS-KAJ Doc #: 149 Filed: 09/07/21 Page: 1 of 3 PAGEID #: 973 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO EASTERN DIVISION KEVIN A. TOLLIVER, Plaintiffs, Case No. 2:16-cv-1020 Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. Chief Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson vs. WARDEN NOBLE, Defendant. OPINION AND ORDER This matter is before the Court on (A) Plaintiff’s Motion for a Telephone Conference (ECF No. 146), and his Renewed Objection to Magistrate’s Position on Declaratory Judgment Issues Contained in Complaint (ECF No. 147); and (B) Defendant’s Motion for an Extension of Time to File Dispositive Motion (ECF No. 148). For the reasons that follow, the Court DENIES Plaintiffs’ motions and GRANTS Defendant’s motion. (A) Plaintiff’s Motions After years of litigation before this Court and the Sixth Circuit, Plaintiff has remaining in this case a claim of retaliation against Defendant. Discovery on that claim is complete, and dispositive motions, and trial have been scheduled. (ECF No. 143.) In Plaintiff’s Renewed Objection to Magistrate’s Position on Declaratory Judgment Issues Contained in Complaint, he asks for reconsideration of this Court’s adoption of a Report and Recommendation that overruled Plaintiff’s objection to the dismissal of his declaratory judgment action. Plaintiff’s request consists in its totality to the following: Pursuant to some of the defendant’s answers in discovery it is clear that the declaratory judgment issued challenging the polices of the ODRC must proceed as Dockets.Justia.com Case: 2:16-cv-01020-EAS-KAJ Doc #: 149 Filed: 09/07/21 Page: 2 of 3 PAGEID #: 974 argued in the complaint (doc 30) and plaintiff cannot be forced to abandon them now without creating hardship upon all parties. (ECF No. 147) (citing Compl.). Although the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not explicitly address motions for reconsideration requests, the authority for a district court to hear such motions is found in both the common law and in Rule 54(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Rodriguez v. Tenn. Laborers Health & Welfare Fund, 89 Fed. Appx. 949, 959 (6th Cir. 2004). The Court here finds no sufficient reason to reconsider its previous order. Plaintiff simply disagrees with this Court’s decision. Thus, the Court DENIES Plaintiffs’ request for reconsideration. (ECF No. 147.) In Plaintiff’s Request for a Telephone Status Conference on Discovery and Objections, Plaintiff “renews his objection to the Court’s attempts to restrict his case exclusively to claims of retaliation.” (ECF No. 146 at 1.) Plaintiff further states that “it is a necessity to get subsequent discovery from” third parties to support his dismissed claim. Id. The Court’s decision denying Plaintiff’s request for reconsideration negates any reason to review any discovery requests to support Plaintiff’s declaratory judgement action. Consequently, the Court DENIES Plaintiff’s request for a telephone conference. B. Defendant’s Motion Defendant requests additional time to file its dispositive motion and offers good cause for the request. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 (a court may enlarge the period of time to perform an act if the request is made before the expiration of time originally prescribed when good cause is shown). This Court, therefore, GRANTS Defendant’s motion. Defendant shall file its motion on or before September 20, 2021. No further extensions will be granted. 2 Case: 2:16-cv-01020-EAS-KAJ Doc #: 149 Filed: 09/07/21 Page: 3 of 3 PAGEID #: 975 C. Conclusion Based on the foregoing, the Court DENIES Plaintiff’s Motion for a Telephone Conference (ECF No. 146), DENIES Plaintiff’s Renewed Objection to Magistrate’s Position on Declaratory Judgment Issues Contained in Complaint (ECF No. 147), and GRANTS Defendant’s Motion for an Extension of Time to File Dispositive Motion (ECF No. 148). IT IS SO ORDERED. 9/7/2021 DATE s/Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. EDMUND A. SARGUS, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 3