IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
May 11, 2009
DAVID LEE WOMACK, PLAINTIFF
JOSEPH V. SMITH, ET AL., DEFENDANTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner
AND NOW, this 11th day of May, 2009, upon consideration of the judgment (Doc. 54) of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals entered in the above-captioned case, and the telephone conference conducted on May 7, 2009 (Doc. 57), wherein the parties sought a ruling regarding defendants' claims of qualified immunity and respondeat superior,*fn1 both of which were raised but not ruled upon in the motion (Doc. 23) to dismiss, or in the alternative, for summary judgment, and it appearing that the court entered a protective order on May 16, 2007 (Doc. 37), prohibiting plaintiff from noticing depositions until the qualified immunity claim was resolved, it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The order of court (Doc. 37) dated May 16, 2007 is VACATED.
2. The defense of qualified immunity, raised by all defendants in the motion (Doc. 23) for summary judgment, is DENIED without prejudice to defendants' right to refile a Rule 56 motion reasserting this defense at the close of fact discovery.
3. The defense of respondeat superior, raised by defendants Lappin, Dodrill, and Watts in the motion (Doc. 26) for summary judgment, is DENIED without prejudice to defendants' right to refile a Rule 56 motion reasserting this defense at the close of fact discovery.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge