On May 9th, the judge in the U.S. Stem Cell case put off the pre-trial conference from May 29th until June 7th, meaning she’s not quite done with the summary judgment decision and needs alittle more time. It’s a big complicated case with alot of papers flying back and forth. Normally judges try to decide summary judgment motions in 60 days or so. If she issues her decision in early June, that would be basiclly two months since the cross motions were submitted.
She has to know that if she grants summary judgment (presumably to the Government), it’s going up on appeal. So, no doubt she’s going to do everything in her power to get it right and make her decision as bulletproof as possible.
I don’t think you can read too much into these couple of court ordered delays. Federal courts run on very tight schedules. And by comparison, the California stem cell litigation which I think was filed the same day as this Florida case, is still a couple months away from the summary judgment deadline. So she’s still moving her case pretty quickly, is how I see it.
So be patient. It’s coming!
Rick Jaffe, Esq.