UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
January 22, 2009
CLIFFORD J. LEVINE, PLAINTIFF,
VOORHEES BOARD OF EDUCATION, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Bumb, United States District Judge
[Docket No. 99]
OPINION AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court upon the Plaintiff's renewed motion (styled as a motion for summary judgment) [Docket No. 99] to strike the defendants' affirmative answers for lack of evidence. The Court denied the Plaintiff's earlier motion on the grounds that discovery had not yet been completed. [Docket No. 38]. Inexplicably, Plaintiff has pressed his renewed motion even though discovery has not yet been completed. [See Docket No. 109].
Accordingly, because discovery has not yet concluded, the Plaintiff's motion is denied. Additionally, the Court notes that Plaintiff has indicated that he seeks an order dismissing the affirmative defenses "so that the parties can concentrate on the more substitive (sic) issues in this case." Pltf's Mtn., at 1. Yet, there is no evidence that the pleading of the affirmative defenses in this case has caused unnecessary delay. The Court holds, however, that upon completion of discovery, the parties shall confer with each other for the purpose of determining whether an agreement can be reached as to the applicability of any affirmative defenses. This approach appears to be the most productive. No further motion to strike affirmative defenses shall be filed unless a party certifies that the foregoing conference has occurred and the parties could not reach an agreement.
RENÉE MARIE BUMB United States District Judge
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