Rowley v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc. et al

Filing 37

Order re: 29 MOTION for Leave to Disclose Expert Evidence out of Turn filed by Mark Rowley. Defendants are ORDERED to provide the Court, by 5/27/2016, with specifics as to when Defendants first had information concerning Dr. Rowlings and Dr. Saucier, as further set out. Signed by Judge Kristi K. DuBose on 5/18/2016. copies to parties. (sdb)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION MARK ROWLEY, Plaintiff, v. BP EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION, INC., et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. 15-00408-KD-B ORDER This action is before the Court on Plaintiff Mark Rowley’s Motion for Leave to Disclose Expert Evidence Out of Turn, Disclosures Pursuant to Rule 26(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Declaration and Defendants’ response in opposition (docs. 29, 29-1, 29-2, 36). In the Motion, Plaintiff states that before August 13, 2015 he “sent thousands of pages of medical records [and] doctor’s reports . . . to the Defendant counsel’s predecessor” and that that “information, which is no longer in Plaintiff’s possession, provided Defendant with all the information that would have been disclosed pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)” (doc. 29). In the Disclosure, Plaintiff identifies two pulmonologists: Dr. Phillip O. Rowlings, M.D., of Providence, Rhode Island and Dr. Scott Saucier of Mobile, Alabama, as his experts. Plaintiff states that Dr. Saucier “has executed two letters previously provided to representatives of the Defendant, including its predecessor counsel confirming his opinion on causation…” (doc. 29-1). In the Declaration, Plaintiff states that he provided copies of his “medical records to the lawyer representing BP in this case that proceeded the company’s current law firm”(sic) (doc. 29-2). He also states that the doctors identified in his Disclosure both advised him that his pulmonary health issues were directly caused by his exposure to chemicals used in his work cleaning up after the oil spill. (Id.) Upon consideration of the Motion, Disclosure, Declaration, and the Response, Defendants are ORDERED to provide the Court, on or before May 27, 2016, with specifics as to when Defendants first had information concerning Dr. Rowlings and Dr. Saucier, what information they had, and when they first received medical records of these doctors, including the letters executed by Dr. Saucier. DONE and ORDERED this 18th day of May 2016. s / Kristi K DuBose KRISTI K. DuBOSE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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