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Shalom Fellowship International v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

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

June 15, 2018

SHALOM FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL, Plaintiff,
v.
NATIONWIDE MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant.

          Nancy G. Edmunds Judge.

          ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO COMPEL MORE COMPLETE ANSWERS TO DISCOVERY (DE 14)

          ANTHONY P. PATTI UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         Plaintiff originally filed this lawsuit in state court on July 27, 2017 concerning an alleged February 17, 2016 water loss at 1752 Alexander Drive, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. (Id. ¶¶ 1, 6.) Plaintiff alleges breach of contract and seeks an appraisal under Mich. Comp. Laws § 500.2833. (Id. ¶¶ 11-20.)

         Defendant removed the case to this Court on August 28, 2017 and has since filed its answer, affirmative defenses, and jury demand. (DEs 1, 2.) Pursuant to the Court's April 17, 2018 order granting first extension of dates, discovery concludes on July 2, 2018 and dispositive motions are to be filed on or before August 1, 2018. (DE 13.)

         Currently before the Court is Defendant's April 26, 2018 motion to compel more complete answers to discovery, regarding which a response and a reply have been filed. (DEs 14, 17 & 18.) At issue in this motion are Plaintiffs responses to Defendant's January 17, 2018 interrogatories and requests to produce, as well as Defendant's March 19, 2018 request for supplementation and Plaintiffs March 28, 2018 letter. (DEs 14-2-14-5.)

         Judge Edmunds referred this motion to me for hearing and determination. A hearing was noticed, and, on June 14, 2018, Attorneys Douglas G. McCray and Nathan G. Peplinski appeared in my courtroom. Having considered the motion papers and the oral argument from counsel for the parties, the Court issued its ruling from the bench.

         Accordingly, for the reasons stated on the record, all of which are incorporated herein by reference, Defendant's motion to compel (DE 14) as narrowed by the pre-hearing joint list of unresolved issues (DE 21) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART as follows:

. Interrogatory No. 3: Plaintiff shall supplement its answer under oath to explain how the $68, 519.41 figure is calculated and which documents support the calculation. (See DE 14-2 at 5, DE 14-5 at 4, DE 17-18, and DE 17-19.)
. Interrogatory No. 4: Plaintiff shall supplement its answer under oath, with a focus on: (a) spelling out the details of the “sit down” between Bill Roberts and the Insured to “hammer out the numbers” and what conclusion emerged from that effort; and, (b) any other consequential damages, including details of what they are or an explanation for why such details are not available. (See DE 14-2 at 5-6, DE 14-5 at 4.)
. Interrogatory No. 5: Plaintiffs objection as to form is sustained, and no supplementation is required. Notwithstanding its objection, Plaintiff has adequately answered, as supplemented within Plaintiff's counsel's March 28, 2018 letter, which is part of the record in this case. (See DE 14-2 at 6-7, DE 14-5 at 5-6.)
. Interrogatory No. 12: Plaintiffs answer is adequate. (See DE 14-2 at 11-12; see also DE 14-5 at 6.)
. Request to Produce No. 1: Plaintiff's response, as supplemented by the March 28, 2018 letter, is adequate. (See DE 14-3 at 2-3, DE 14-5 at 6.)
. Request to Produce No. 3: Plaintiff shall supplement its response by including the information set forth in pages 8-9 of its response brief in a formal response and provide anything else needed to assure responsiveness. (See DE 14-3 at 4, DE 14-5 at 6, DE 17 at 14-15.)
. Request to Produce No. 4: Plaintiff's response is adequate, as given initially, as further explained in the March 28, 2018 supplemental letter response, and as referred to in the interrogatory ...

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