McCorvey v. Alabama River Cellulose LLC et al
ORDER denying 117 Motion to Compel Discovery. Signed by Magistrate Judge Katherine P. Nelson on 7/1/2014. (adk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
DAVID EARL McCORVEY, JR.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 13-00118-WS-N
ALABAMA RIVER CELLULOSE
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Pending in this action is the “Motion to Compel Discovery Responses from
Defendant, Alabama River Cellulose, LLC…” (Doc. 117)1 filed by Plaintiff David Earl
McCorvey, Jr. (“McCorvey”), to which a response in opposition (Doc. 121) has been
filed by Defendant Alabama River Cellulose LLC (“ARC”).
McCorvey’s motion (Doc. 117) is due to be DENIED as untimely.
Under the Court’s Second Amended Scheduling Order entered under Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 16(b), “[a]ll discovery [wa]s to be completed on or before May
(Doc. 72 at 2, ¶ 3).
“Completed” was defined to include, inter alia: “motions
to compel timely filed to give adequate time for the Court to consider them…”
No further extensions to the discovery deadline have been requested or made.
In his present motion to compel (Doc. 117), filed June 18, 2014, McCorvey asserts
that he first learned of the photographs, witness statements, and incident report he
McCorvey’s motion also requests leave to file a surreply to the pending motion for summary
judgment (Doc. 103) within two days of the Court’s ruling on the motion to compel. That
portion of the motion has been referred to the district judge assigned to this action, Chief Judge
William H. Steele.
seeks to compel production of on May 8, 2014, when ARC served supplemental
responses to McCorvey’s request for production of documents.
(Doc. 117 at 3, ¶ 4).
In disclosing the existence of these materials in its supplemental responses, ARC also
asserted that they were privileged from production under Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 26(b)(3)(A) as being “documents and tangible things…prepared in
anticipation of litigation…”
(Id.). The issue of these materials was again raised at a
deposition held the following day, May 9, 2014, at which ARC again asserted privilege
(Id. at 5, ¶ 5).
The parties then conferred further regarding these
materials via email from May 21-23, 2014, with ARC continuing to assert privilege and
refusing to produce them.
judgment on May 23, 2014.
(Id.). ARC timely filed its pending motion for summary
McCorvey did not file the present motion to
compel until two days before his response to the motion for summary judgment was
due (see Doc. 108).
McCorvey admits that he first discovered the existence of the materials at issue
before the deadline to complete discovery expired.
However, he did not file a motion
to compel within the deadline, nor did he even seek to have the deadline extended to
allow for time to negotiate with opposing counsel regarding the issue.
McCorvey waited until June 18, 2014, over a month after the close of discovery and two
days before his response to ARC’s motion for summary judgment was due, to file his
“ ‘[A] scheduling order is not a frivolous piece of paper, idly entered, which can
be cavalierly disregarded by counsel without peril ... Disregard of the order would
undermine the court's ability to control its docket, disrupt the agreed-upon course of
the litigation, and reward the indolent and the cavalier. ‘ ”
Rogers v. Hartford Life &
Acc. Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 12-0019-WS-B, 2012 WL 2395194, at n.3 (S.D. Ala. June 22,
2012) (Steele, C.J.) (quoting B.T. ex rel. Mary T. v. Dep’t of Educ., State of Hawaii, 637 F.
Supp. 2d 856, 867 (D. Haw. 2009) (citation and internal quotation marks omitted)).
motion to compel (Doc. 117) is clearly untimely, and McCorvey has not provided good
cause for bringing it at this late date.
See Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4) (“A schedule may be
modified only for good cause and with the judge’s consent.”); Payne v. Ryder Sys., Inc.
Long Term Disability Plan, 173 F.R.D. 537, 540 (M.D. Fla. 1997) (“The Eleventh Circuit has
consistently held that motions filed after a deadline imposed by a court should be
denied as untimely.”).
Cf. AB Diversified Enters., Inc. v. Global Transp. Logistics, Inc., No.
06-21308-CIV, 2007 WL 1362632, at *1 (S.D. Fla. May 7, 2007) (denying a motion to
compel filed two months after the discovery deadline and after summary judgment
motions were fully briefed).
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that McCorvey’s “Motion
to Compel Discovery Responses from Defendant, Alabama River Cellulose, LLC…”
(Doc. 117) is DENIED.
DONE and ORDERED this 1st
day of July 2014.
/s/ Katherine P. Nelson
KATHERINE P. NELSON
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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