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Sroka v. Wal-Mart Stores East LP

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

November 17, 2017

MICHELLE SROKA, Plaintiff,
v.
WAL-MART STORES EAST LP, Defendant.

          LAURIE J. MICHELSON DISTRICT JUDGE

          ORDER DETERMINING MOTIONS (DEs 40, 41, 42, 44) and TAKING UNDER ADVISEMENT DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO STRIKE (DE 46)

          ANTHONY P. PATTI UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         This matter is before the Court for consideration of several motions, each of which has been referred to me and noticed for hearing. On the date set for hearing, attorneys Leland T. Schmidt, Nicole M. Wright and Katharine Gagen McCarthy appeared in my courtroom, and I entertained approximately three hours of oral argument. For the reasons stated on the record, all of which are incorporated herein by reference:

         1. Plaintiff's September 1, 2017 motion to file an amended complaint (DE 40) is DENIED.

         2. Plaintiff's September 1, 2017 third motion to extend all dates (DE 41) is DENIED as framed in his prayer for relief (see DE 41 at 14-15); however, the motion is GRANTED to the extent it seeks the following, specific and limited discovery:

a) Either party may take the deposition of Dedrick Davon Sewell, no later than two weeks before trial, provided that the party taking the deposition has made ongoing, diligent efforts to locate Mr. Sewell and subpoena him for deposition.
b) Either party may take the deposition of Ray Anthony Eddington, whenever his appearance can be secured, provided that the party taking the deposition has made ongoing, diligent efforts to locate Mr. Eddington and subpoena him for deposition.
c) Plaintiff may take the depositions of Officers B. Fitzsimmons and M. Killingbeck, no later than December 14, 2017. Each deposition shall be limited to one hour, of which Plaintiff may use 40 minutes and Defendant may use 20 minutes to cross-examine.
Additionally, noting that the discovery deadline has already been extended three times (see DEs 8, 15, 22, 35), that the number of depositions has already exceeded the limitation permitted by Fed.R.Civ.P. 30 (see DE 44 at 2 ¶ 3), and that the maximum number of interrogatories permitted under Fed.R.Civ.P. 33(a)(1) has already been served by Plaintiff (as conceded at oral argument), no further extensions of discovery will be granted and no additional discovery will be permitted, beyond what is specified in this Order.

         3. Plaintiff's September 1, 2017 motion to compel Defendant to respond to the request to produce, answer Plaintiff's interrogatories pursuant to Fed. Rules Civ. P. 37 and 26(b) and provide discovery material (DE 42) is: (a) DENIED, to the extent it seeks answers / responses to the discovery served on May 19, 2017 beyond those that Defendant served on July 14, 2017; (b) DEFERRED, to the extent it seeks a Fed.R.Civ.P. 30(b)(6) deposition, which issue is addressed in the Court's ruling on DE 44 (see ¶ 4 below); and (c) GRANTED IN PART, to the extent it seeks an inspection by its expert, Patrick Murphy. Such inspection will be permitted only if Defendant's motion to strike Murphy as an expert is denied and the case survives the pending dispositive motion (see DEs 45, 46), in which case Defendant shall make the site available for inspection no later than 30 days before trial and the inspection and deposition of Plaintiff's expert shall take place within a two-day period. Specifically, as delineated in Plaintiff's motion (see DE 42 at 3-4, Pg ID 380-381):

a) Defendant need not permit the inspection described at Subsections a and d;
b) Defendant must allow the inspection described at Subsections b, c, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, m and n;
c) Defendant must provide the “Camera Plot Diagram” information requested with respect to still cameras (point-to-zoom diagram information having already been provided), if available, as listed in Subsection l(1)-l(8); and
d) Defendant must permit inspection of and provide camera plot diagrams (if available and to the extent not previously provided in compliance with the preceding paragraph “c” or otherwise) for all cameras in the main aisle of the store between the location of the attack, i.e., the ...

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