Watson v. Ephlin et al
ORDER directing the Clerk to refrain from docketing any future settlement offers in this case and to refrain from docketing any future written discovery in this case. Plaintiff's 59 Motion to Compel is denied. Defendant's 62 Motion to Strike is granted. Accordingly, all untimely discovery requests filed by Plaintiff 56 , 57 , 58 are struck. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 05/10/2013. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
BOBBY EPHLIN, et al.
It appears Plaintiff desires to settle this case. He notes, however, that it will take
$250,000 -- “Not a penny less.”1 Settlement offers must be mailed directly to opposing counsel
and not filed in the record. The Clerk is directed to refrain from docketing any future settlement
offers in this case.
Plaintiff has notified me that he does not know his witnesses’ address.2
Plaintiff has asked that he “be given the right to bring his witnesses to court.”3 It is
unclear whether Plaintiff is seeking court action. Since it is neither titled “motion” nor directed
to me, I assume that he was not.4 If my assumption is wrong, Plaintiff should feel free to file a
motion specifying what action he requests that I take. I will note, however, that I cannot imagine
a better way to put on a witness's testimony than to have the witness in court.
Plaintiff has filed several discovery-related documents (Doc. Nos. 50, 53, 56, 57, 58).
Discovery requests and responses are not to be filed in the record -- they must be mailed directly
to opposing counsel, along with a certificate of service.5 The Clerk is directed to refrain from
docketing any future written discovery in this case.
Doc. No. 54.
Doc. No. 55.
The letter was addressed, “To whom it may concern.” See Doc. No. 55.
See Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(d).
Plaintiff has filed a Motion to Compel (Doc. No. 59), seeking an order compelling
answers to six interrogatories. It appears from the Defendants’ Answers,6 however, that all six
interrogatories have been answered. Further, Plaintiff has not complied with Local Rule 7.2(g).7
Accordingly, Plaintiff's Motion (Doc. No. 59) is DENIED.
Defendant Ephlin has filed a Motion to Strike (Doc. No. 62), asking that I strike
Plaintiff’s second set of interrogatories propounded to Defendant Ephlin8 and Plaintiff’s Request
for Production of Documents.9 The discovery requests made after May 1, 2013 are untimely.10
Moreover, the parties have had ample time to conduct discovery.11 Accordingly, Defendant
Ephlin’s Motion (Doc. No. 62) is GRANTED. Accordingly, all untimely discovery requests filed
by Plaintiff (Doc. Nos. 56, 57, 58) are struck.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 10th day of May, 2013.
/s/Billy Roy Wilson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Doc. No. 61.
See also, Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(1).
Doc. No. 57.
Doc. No. 58.
Doc. No. 43.
See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(2)(C).
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