Pulley v. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated
ORDER granting 56 Motion to Compel. If the parties cannot agree by 5 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2012, on a date, time and location for Mr. Pulley's deposition, they are directed to provide the Court will all available dates and times between the date of this Order and August 20, 2012, including, but not limited to, Saturdays. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 7/25/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
UNITED HEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED
Before the Court is Defendant's Second Motion and Incorporated Brief to Compel the
Deposition of Plaintiff Dwight Pulley (Dkt. No. 56). Mr. Pulley has responded (Dkt. No. 57).
The motion is granted.
The Court acknowledges that Mr. Pulley is engaged in a search for employment and,
therefore, has demands on his time associated with that process. However, Mr. Pulley filed this
action, and defendant United Health Group Incorporated has a right to depose Mr. Pulley and
engage in meaningful discovery before the current August 20, 2012 discovery deadline. The
Court also recognizes that United Health Group Incorporated is represented in this action by law
firms with numerous lawyers, including many lawyers in Arkansas, and that in litigation
depositions sometimes start before and end after regular business hours.
For these reasons, the Court directs the parties to work together and schedule Mr.
Pulley's deposition to take place before August 20, 2012, on a mutually agreeable date and at a
mutually agreeable time and location. Pursuant to Rule 30(d)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure, "a deposition is limited to 1 day of 7 hours." Accordingly, when scheduling the
deposition, the parties are directed to make certain that they are available for the full seven (7)
hours required by Rule 30(d)(1). The Court notes there is room for compromise by both sides,
such as possibly starting the deposition at 7:00a.m. on August 16, 2012, taking a break at 12:30
p.m. for Mr. Pulley to attend his interview, and then resuming the deposition that same day after
Mr. Pulley's interview concludes. The parties are to report to this Court by 5:00p.m. Monday,
July 30, 2012, that they reached agreement on this scheduling issue and inform the Court of the
terms of the agreement in writing.
If the parties cannot agree by 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2012 on a date, time, and
location for Mr. Pulley's deposition, the parties are directed to provide the Court with all dates
and times they are available between the date of this Order and August 20, 2012, including but
not limited to Saturdays. The Court will then select the date, time, and location for Mr. Pulley's
deposition to take place.
The parties may email this information to the Court at
SO ORDERED this the
day of July, 2012.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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