Free Motion to Compel - District Court of Delaware - Delaware



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Excerpt: iced Plaintiff's deposition for April 17, 2007. (D.I. 58). Plaintiff did not appear nor contact counsel to state that he would not appear. 2. Rule 37(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that a party may move the court for an order compelling discovery and for appropriate sanctions. Rule 37(d) provides specific sanctions for the complete
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE JAMES HALL, Plaintiff, v. DAVID HOLMAN, Deputy Warden LAWRENCE McGUIGAN, and Acting Deputy Warden CLYDE SAGERS Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )

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DEFENDANTS' MOTION FOR AN ORDER COMPELLING DISCOVERY AND MOTION FOR SANCTIONS COME NOW, defendants David Holman, Lawrence McGuigan (deceased), and Clyde Sagers ("Defendants"), by and through undersigned counsel, and hereby respectfully request that this Court enter an Order, pursuant to Rule 37(a) and (d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, compelling plaintiff to respond to discovery and to appear for his deposition and ordering plaintiff to pay deposition costs as a sanction for his failure to appear. In support of their motion, Defendants allege as follows: 1. On or about October 4, 2004, James Hall ("Plaintiff"), an inmate who was

at that time incarcerated at the Delaware Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware, commenced this action in forma pauperis alleging Defendants failed to protect him. (D.I. 1, 2). On July 18, 2005, the Court granted Plaintiff's request to proceed in forma pauperis. (D.I. 6). On August 30, 2005, the Court entered an Order allowing service to proceed. (D.I. 8). 2. The Court entered a scheduling order in this matter on September 22,

2006. (D.I. 45). Defendants responded to discovery filed by plaintiff in January of 2007.

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(D.I. 47-50). On February 2, 2007, Defendants served Interrogatories and Requests for Production on Plaintiff. (D.I. 53, 54). To date, no response has been received.

Defendants noticed Plaintiff's deposition for April 17, 2007. (D.I. 58). Plaintiff did not appear nor contact counsel to state that he would not appear. 2. Rule 37(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that a party

may move the court for an order compelling discovery and for appropriate sanctions. Rule 37(d) provides specific sanctions for the complete failure to respond to Interrogatories or for the failure of a party to appear at a deposition. It also provides that the Court may require the party failing to act to pay the reasonable expenses caused by the failure. 3. Counsel for Defendants has made numerous attempts to correspond with

Plaintiff regarding the outstanding discovery and to schedule dates for Plaintiff's deposition. (See Exhibit "A"). All attempts were made by letter as Plaintiff has not provided a telephone number where he can be reached. 4. Plaintiff has updated his address with the Court several times. On or about

May 15, 2006, he indicated he was moved to the Violation of Probation building in Delaware Correctional Center. (D.I. 38). On July 31, 2006, Plaintiff provided the Court with the following address: 6269 Oxon Hill Road, Apt. B-1, Oxon Hill, MD 20745-3079. On August 16, 2006, Plaintiff filed discovery requests on Defendants and within those requests indicated that the documents were to be sent to Plaintiff at 10904 Hidden Creek Court, Ft. Washington MD 20744. 5. Counsel for Defendants has sent all filings and correspondence, including

the discovery requests, from D.I. 47 forward to both addresses because it is not clear

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where Plaintiff is located. Counsel has also indicated in correspondence to Plaintiff that it is his obligation to keep the Court informed of his current address. (See Exhibit "A" at p. 3, 4). Plaintiff has not responded to any of counsel's letters nor has he clarified his address with the Court. 6. Plaintiff also has not responded to counsel's multiple requests to discuss

possible deposition dates. (See Exhibit "A" at p. 1-2, 4). Absent any communication from Plaintiff, counsel noticed Plaintiff's deposition for April 17, 2007. (D.I. 58).

Notice was sent to Plaintiff at both the Oxon Hill address and the Ft. Washington address by certified mail. (See Exhibit "B" and D.I. 58). Plaintiff did not appear for the

deposition nor did he contact counsel to state he would not appear. (See Exhibit "C"). 7. Defendants have already requested an enlargement of 45 days time to

complete discovery which was granted by the Court on March 23, 2007. The new discovery deadline is May 4, 2007. Despite this extra time, Plaintiff has still not

responded to discovery. As of this date, the last actions Plaintiff has taken in this litigation is an address update with the court on July 31, 2006 and discovery requests sent to Defendants on August 16, 2006. 8. Due to Plaintiff' failure to respond, Defendants have incurred the expense

of drafting the motion for enlargement of time, scheduling a deposition, and now filing this motion to compel. Defendants have also had to pay court reporter fees for the scheduled deposition of Plaintiff which Plaintiff failed to attend. (See Exhibit "D"). WHEREFORE, pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 37(a) and (d), Defendants apply to this Court for an order compelling Plaintiff to respond to discovery within 30 days, ordering Plaintiff to appear for a deposition, and requiring Plaintiff to pay

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the costs of the deposition for which Plaintiff did not appear within 30 days. STATE OF DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE /s/ Stacey Xarhoulakos______ Stacey Xarhoulakos, ID#4667 Deputy Attorney General Department of Justice State of Delaware Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 6th fl. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 577-8400 Dated: April 27, 2007 Attorney for Defendants

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE JAMES HALL, Plaintiff, v. DAVID HOLMAN, Deputy Warden LAWRENCE MEGUIGAN, and Acting Deputy Warden Clyde Sagers Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )

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7.1.1 CERTIFICATION OF COUNSEL Counsel for the Defendants files this certification in compliance with Rule 7.1.1 of the Local Rules of Civil Procedure and certifies that: 1. Plaintiff is unable to be reached by telephone as he has not provided

counsel with a telephone number. Plaintiff has not responded to any of counsel's attempts to communicate through correspondence. 3. Accordingly, counsel assumes that the motion is opposed. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STATE OF DELAWARE /s/ Stacey Xarhoulakos_____ Stacey Xarhoulakos, ID#4667 Deputy Attorney General Department of Justice State of Delaware Carvel State Office Building 820 North French Street, 6th Fl., Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 577-8400 Dated: April 27, 2007 Attorney for Defendants

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE JAMES HALL, Plaintiff, v. DAVID HOLMAN, Deputy Warden LAWRENCE MEGUIGAN, and Acting Deputy Warden Clyde Sagers Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ORDER This day of , 2007,

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WHEREAS, Defendants having requested an order compelling Plaintiff to respond to discovery within thirty (30) days, compelling Plaintiff to appear for a deposition, and ordering Plaintiff to pay fees as a sanction for his failure to attend his depositon; and WHEREAS, there being good cause shown for the granting of such motion; IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, that Defendants' Motion For An Order Compelling Discovery and Motion For Sanctions be granted and the Plaintiff shall respond to discovery and communicate with counsel for Defendant to schedule Plaintiff's deposition within thirty (30) days. Plaintiff shall also be required to pay the costs of the deposition, in the amount of $102.95, for which Plaintiff did not appear within thirty (30) days.

______________________________ The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on April 27, 2007, I electronically filed Defendants' Motion for Order Compelling Discovery and Motion for Sanctions with the Clerk of Court using CM/ECF. I hereby certify that on April 27, 2007, I have mailed by United States Postal Service, the document to the following non-registered party: James Hall Pro Se 6269 Oxon Hill Road Apt. B-1 Oxon Hill, MD 20745-9079 and 10904 Hidden Creek Court Ft. Washington, MD 20744

/s/ Stacey Xarhoulakos Stacey Xarhoulakos (I.D. 4667) Deputy Attorney General Department of Justice 820 N. French St., 6th Floor Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 577-8400 stacey.xarhoulakos@state.de.us Dated: April 27, 2007 Attorney for Defendants

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