Spears v. Watson et al

Filing 69

ORDER denying 53 Motion for Settlement Conference; denying 67 Motion to Strike. Signed by Magistrate Judge Beth Deere on 6/21/2016. (jak)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF DIVISION JAMES SPEARS, JR. ADC #122695 V. PLAINTIFF CASE NO. 5:15-CV-246-JLH-BD RANDY WATSON, et al. DEFENDANTS ORDER Mr. Spears has asked the Court to schedule a settlement conference in this lawsuit. (Docket entry #53) At this time, discovery is still ongoing, so the request for a settlement conference is premature. In addition, Mr. Spears has moved to strike the Defendants’ response to his request for a copy of a his deposition transcript. (#67) Mr. Spears argues that Defendants failed to respond to his request for production within fourteen days and, as a result, waived the right to object to his request. Mr. Spears, however, did not file a motion to compel; rather, he filed a discovery request. Defendants, therefore, had thirty days to respond to his discovery request. FED. R. CIV. P. 34(b)(2)(A). Accordingly, the motion for a settlement conference (#53) and the motion to strike (#67) are DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED, this 21st day of June, 2016. ___________________________________ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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