Capson Physicians Insurance Company v. MMIC Insurance Inc
ORDER: Joint discovery report, 107 , addressed. Motion to strike, 101 , denied with a caveat. Joint status report, 108 , noted and requested attendance Order at private mediation issued. Joint report on mediation due by 24 April 2015. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 3/23/2015. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MMIC INSURANCE, INC.
MMIC INSURANCE, INC.
THIRD PARTY PLAINTIFF
DR. KARL J. HASIK; LILLIAN WILSON,
Individually and as Special Administratrix
for the Estate of J.A.W., deceased;
SAMANTHA RAY, Individually and
as next friend and guardian of A.L.R.,
a minor; DERECK RAY, Individually
and as next friend and guardian
of A.L.R., a minor;
and DOE, A.L.R., a minor
THIRD PARTY DEFENDANTS
1. Joint report, NQ 107, noted. Arkansas law governs the privilege issues
on the coverage-related claims.
FED. R. EVID. 501; Williams v. American
Broadcasting Companies, Inc., 96 F.R.D. 658,662 (W.D. Ark. 1983). There's no
spousal privilege that allows the Hasiks to refuse to answer. ARK. R. EVID.
504(b). Dr. Hasik's contrary argument and authorities are unpersuasive.
To save time and expense, and because the questions have already been
asked on the record, the Court orders the parties to fill this gap pursuant to
FED. R. CIV. P. 31(a)(2)(A)(ii).
The Hasiks shall answer the pending questions
under oath in writing by 1 April 2015.
Given the Iowa spousal privilege, the Hasiks' answers may not be used
in that pending malpractice case. Whether they may be used for some
purpose in the Arkansas malpractice case is a question for another day.
2. MMIC' s motion, NQ 101, to strike Dr. Hasik' s counterclaim is denied
with a caveat. (Dr. Hasik hasn't responded yet, but the issues are plain.). The
Court's prior Order was clear: no bad faith claim exists. The Court reads the
loose language in Dr. Hasik' s counterclaim to be solely in service of his breach
claim. The implied-covenant language is also just about breach. Under
Arkansas law, there's no free-standing claim for breaking the implied
covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
3. Joint status report, NQ 108, noted and appreciated. The Court orders
that all parties before this Court must send a representative (with full
settlement authority to resolve this case and the two related cases) to the
23 April2015 mediation. Joint report on mediation due by 24 April2015.
* * *
Joint discovery report, NQ 107, addressed. Motion to strike, NQ 101,
denied with a caveat. Joint status report, NQ 108, noted and requested
attendance Order at private mediation issued.
D.P. Marshall Jr.
United States District Judge
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