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Provenzino v. City of Taylor

United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division

May 31, 2017

JAMES PROVENZINO and HERSHELL ELSWICK, Plaintiffs,
v.
CITY OF TAYLOR, JAMES PILCHAK, MATT MINARD, JASON HALL, NICHOLAS SELLITTI, and KEITH O'CONNOR, Defendants.

          David M. Lawson District Judge

          ORDER DEEMING RESOLVED IN PART, GRANTING IN PART, and DENYING IN PART PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO COMPEL (DE 37)

          ANTHONY P. PATTI UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         Plaintiffs' March 16, 2017, first amended complaint names six defendants: City of Taylor, James Pilchak, Matt Minard, Jason Hall, Keith O'Connor, and Nicholas Sellitti. The facts underlying the amended complaint concern the alleged events of May 26, 2015. In particular, Plaintiffs allege that Defendants engaged in (I) excessive force; (II) unreasonable seizure without probable cause; and (III) constitutional violations. (DE 27.)

         Currently before the court is Plaintiffs' May 1, 2017 motion to compel, regarding which a response and reply have been filed. (DEs 37, 40, 41). Judge Lawson referred this motion to me for hearing and determination, and a hearing was noticed for May 30, 2017. (DEs 38, 39.)

         On the date set for hearing, attorneys Amy J. DeRouin and Jonathan F. Karmo appeared. After engaging in a meet and confer conference in my jury room at the Court's direction, during which the parties' attention was drawn to this Court's decision in Sw. Metals, Inc. v. City of Detroit, No. 2:15-CV-11080, 2016 WL 5477313, at *1 (E.D. Mich. Sept. 29, 2016), counsel for the parties informed the Court that they had resolved several of the matters that had been the subject of Plaintiffs' motion. Counsel placed an agreement as to these matters on the record and will submit a related stipulation and order. Accordingly, Plaintiffs' motion is DEEMED RESOLVED with respect to the deposition of Edward Shalda, as well as Plaintiffs' first set of interrogatories Nos. 15 and 16 and the related requests for production of documents.

         As to the remaining issue - “complete audio and video recordings of the subject incident, ” which were arguably the subjects of Interrogatory No. 18 and Request for Production of Documents Nos. 19 and 28 - Plaintiff's motion (DE 37) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. Specifically, no later than June 15, 2017, Defendant City of Taylor SHALL supplement its written response to Interrogatory No. 18, signed and under oath, by:

(a) identifying all motor vehicles and officers at the scene of the events in question;
(b) as to each such motor vehicle or officer:
i. , describing what audio and/or video recording equipment was present, including but not limited to any and all “dash cams” and lapel microphones;
ii. listing both whether an audio or video recording was made and is available from such equipment;
iii. if such a recording was made or is available, indicating whether it was produced or, if not produced, why;
iv. if such a recording is not available, indicating: why not (e.g., recorder was out of range and specifying the length of such range, recorder was not turned on, retention policies, etc.); whether metadata exists from that device that will show that an audio or video recording existed and/or exists related to the subject incident; and, if so, where such metadata is located; and
v. if information existed at one time but has since been deleted, then explaining why it was not preserved and when it was deleted and destroyed.

         Plaintiff is shall issue its related deposition notice or notices to Defendant City of Taylor pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 30(b)(6) forthwith, or in any case, no later than June 19, 2017, so that Defendant may thereafter designate a witness or witnesses in accordance with the Rule and ...


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