Turner v. Loomis Armored US, LLC et al
ORDER denying 26 Motion for Protective Order. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on February 27, 2013. (jas)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
KERRI TURNER, Administrator of the Estate of
Ross Turner, Deceased, on behalf of the Estate of
Ross Turner and on behalf of the wrongful death
beneficiaries of Ross Turner, Deceased
Case No. 5:12-CV-05192
LOOMIS ARMORED US, LLC; and JACK E. BLAND
Currently before the Court is Defendants’ Motion for Protective Order (Doc. 26) and brief
in support (Doc. 25) and Plaintiff’s Response (Doc. 27).
Although Defendants received Plaintiff’s discovery requests on January 13, 2013, Defendants
failed to move for a protective order until February 25, 2013—two days before the parties were
scheduled to take depositions of Loomis Armored US, LLC (“Loomis”) employees. Defendants
assert that Plaintiff is merely trying to engage in a “fishing expedition” by requesting information
related to maintenance and inspection of the subject vehicle in this case, and that such requests
present an undue burden on Defendants bordering on harassment.
The Court has reviewed the arguments presented by the parties in their briefs and the
authority cited therein. The Court agrees with Plaintiff that the requested information is reasonably
calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence in this case. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1);
Oppenheimer Fund, Inc. v. Sanders, 437 U.S. 340, 351 (1978). The Court further finds that Plaintiff
has made a “threshold showing of relevance” showing that their proposed discovery “reasonably
bear[s] upon the issues in the case.” Hofer v. Mack Trucks, Inc., 981 F.2d 377 (8th Cir. 1992). A
review of information regarding whether the subject vehicle was properly maintained and in proper
working order, prior to the accident, could certainly lead to relevant and admissible evidence bearing
on the issue of whether Defendant Bland was driving the vehicle safely, recklessly, or carelessly
given the conditions.
Furthermore, Plaintiff’s requests are limited as to the time period for which they are
requesting information. Plaintiff requests daily inspection records for the subject vehicle for 30 days
preceding the accident; maintenance and repair records or work orders for six months preceding the
accident; the annual inspection report covering the date of the accident; and DOT and state
inspections for the year of the accident and one year prior. (Doc. 26-1, p. 11). Plaintiff likewise
limits her requests concerning documents tending to show compliance with regulations concerning
inspection and maintenance of the subject vehicle to one year prior through the date of the accident.
Id. at 12. The Court finds that such requests are neither unduly burdensome nor harassing.
The Court finds that Defendants have not shown good cause to justify the issuance of a
protective order in this matter. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c)(1) (“The court may, for good cause, issue an
order to protect a party or person from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, or undue burden or
expenses . . .”).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendants’ Motion for Protective Order (Doc. 26) is
IT IS SO ORDERED this 27th day of February, 2013.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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