Texarkana Arkansas School District v. T.R

Filing 24

ORDER directing parties to meet and confer re supplemented discovery responses to determine the discovery responses still at issue re 20 MOTION to Compel Discovery filed by Texarkana Arkansas School District. Signed by Honorable Barry A. Bryant on May 18, 2016. (mll)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS TEXARKANA DIVISION TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS SCHOOL DISTRICT v. PLAINTIFF Case No. 4:15-cv-04101 T.R., by and through his parents, K.R. and R.R. DEFENDANT KIMBERLY RANDLES AND REGINALD RANDLES, Individually, and as Next Friends of T. THIRD PARTY PLAINTIFFS v. TEXARKANA SCHOOL DISTRICT; BECKY KESLER, Superintendent of Schools, Individually; and SHERRY YOUNG, Director of Special Education, Individually THIRD PARTY DEFENDANTS ORDER Pending now before this Court is Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel. ECF No. 20. Defendants have responded. ECF No. 22. Pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and (3) (2009), the Honorable Susan O. Hickey referred this Motion to this Court. In reviewing the pleadings on this Motion, its appears that following the filing of this Motion to Compel, Defendants supplemented their discovery answers. Furthermore, it is difficult to determine which discovery responses are at controversy with this Motion. Therefore, prior to any decision or possible hearing in this matter, the parties shall meet and confer to discuss the supplemented discovery responses and determine what discovery responses are still at issue. Furthermore, the parties are reminded that as of December 2015, “[p]arties may obtain discovery regarding any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party’s claim or defense and proportional to the needs of the case.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1). The phrase “reasonably calculated 1 to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence,” often invoked by parties seeking expansive discovery, was “deleted” from Rule 26 because “[t]he phrase has been used by some, incorrectly, to define the scope of discovery.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 Advisory Committee Note to 2015 Amendments. Following the parties conference, this Court should be notified of the discovery matters still in dispute. Notice can be emailed to my law clerk, Mike Jones, at Mike_Jones@arwd.uscourts.gov. ENTERED this 18th day of May 2016. /s/ Barry A. Bryant HON. BARRY A. BRYANT U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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