Haukereid v. National Passenger Railroad Corporation
ORDER directing the parties to send no more letters to Chambers regarding discovery disputes. A Joint Report on the issues about written discovery on other incidents due by July 28. The Court will hold a hearing on all the current discovery issues on Friday, 1 August 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 7/24/2014. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment No. 1 - Amtrak Letter, # 2 Attachment No. 2 - Haukereid Letter, # 3 Attachment No. 3 - Amtrak Response Letter)(jak)
Krlstopher B. Knox !Attorney
Fax: (501) 537-2917
400 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3522
July 22, 2014
The Honorable D.P. Marshall, Jr.
United States District Judge,
Eastern District of Arkansas
600 W. Captiol Avenue, Room B155
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
RE: Haukereid v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation, d/b/a Amtrak
No. 3:13-CV-0092-DPM, USDC, E.D., Jonesboro Division
Dear Judge Marshall:
We are writing to you in response to your July 18, 2014 Order requesting a response from
Amtrak to Plaintiffs July 18, 2014 letter about document production. Plaintiffs counsel asked
the Court to require Amtrak to produce in camera any documents that it deems as nonresponsive to the Court's Orders regarding the production of documents related to the Railroad
Safety Advisory Committee's Working Groups' or Task Force's study of exterior side doors and
no-motion electrical circuits. Plaintiffs request is uru1ecessary and unreasonable, and it should
be denied for the reasons below.
Amtrak and its attorneys are fully aware of their discovery and ethical obligations, and
have expended significant time and resources in fulfilling those obligations in this case.
Plaintiffs letter, however, baselessly implies that Amtrak has acted in bad faith, and seeks what
are essentially sanctions in the form of the relief sought. Amtrak has dedicated significant
resources, including employees in both its Law and Claims Departments, as well as outside
counsel, to comply with its discovery obligations and the Court's Orders. Except for a small
selection of documents, which Amtrak has designated as privileged and forwarded to the Court
for in camera review, Amtrak has produced all of the records it has identified to date that relate
to the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee's Working Group's or Task Force's study of exterior
side doors and no-motion electrical circuits (more than a thousand pages), and will produce any
additional responsive documents that it subsequently finds.
Moreover, Plaintiffs request is nonsensical, as the vast majority of documents in
Amtrak's possession at any given time are non-responsive to any particular discovery request.
Taking Plaintiffs request literally would mean that every document in Amtrak's possession that
was not produced would now have to be produced to the Court because those records would fall
within the ambit of "non-responsive," which would result in a massive burden to both Amtrak,
Response to July 18, 2014 Court Order (Document 55)
and to the Court itself. As such, Plaintiff's request is extremely burdensome, overbroad, and
Parties are tasked in every case with identifying documents that are responsive to
particular discovery requests. Just as Plaintiff must rely on Amtrak to determine what
documents are responsive to his discovery requests, Amtrak must rely on Plaintiff's
determination as to what documents should be produced in response to its discovery requests.
This system is founded on the expectation that all parties and their counsel will honor their
obligations, as Amtrak and its counsel have done. While Amtrak respectfully maintains that the
subject documents are not relevant or calculated to lead to relevant or admissible information,
the simple existence of a past discovery dispute should not merit any sort of finding that Amtrak
has acted in bad faith, or otherwise justify what are essentially sanctions, as sought by the
Accordingly, Amtrak respectfully requests that the Court deny Plaintiffs request.
cc: Bruce McMath
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?