Carlin et al v. DairyAmerica, Inc. et al
ORDER granting in part, and denying in part, defendant California Dairies, Inc.'s Motion to Compel plaintiffs to respond to contention interrogatories in CDI's first set of interrogatories, documents 437 441 . Order signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 8/22/2017. (Rooney, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
GERALD CARLIN, JOHN RAHM, PAUL
ROZWADOWSKI and DIANA WOLFE,
individually and on behalf of themselves and all
others similarly situated,
DAIRYAMERICA, INC., and CALIFORNIA
Case No. 1:09-cv-00430-AWI-EPG
ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND
DENYING IN PART DEFENDANT
CALIFORNIA DAIRIES, INC.’S
MOTION TO COMPEL PLAINTIFFS
TO RESPOND TO CONTENTION
INTERROGATORIES IN CDI’S FIRST
SET OF INTERROGATORIES
(Doc. 437, 441)
On July 29, 2017, Defendant California Dairies, Inc. (“CDI”) filed a motion to compel
Plaintiffs to Respond to Contention Interrogatories in CDI’s First Set of Interrogatories. (ECF No.
441). Plaintiffs filed an opposition. (ECF No. 443-5). The Court heard oral argument on this issue,
in connection with a hearing to address several discovery motions. (ECF No. 447, 451).
CDI’s motion concerns fourteen interrogatories served on Plaintiffs asking for all facts
supporting various contentions in Plaintiffs’ complaint. For example, Interrogatory No. 1 asks for
“each fact upon with YOU base YOUR allegations in Paragraphs 9, 27, and 105 of the
COMPLAINT that “. . . California Dairies . . . conspired to fraudulently misreport NFDM prices to
Plaintiffs respond that discovery has partially been stayed in this case. Plaintiffs have not yet
conducted a single deposition of a former or current employee of CDI, or of CDI itself. Furthermore,
written discovery has been limited to claims already upheld against CDI and do not include
additional claims asserted in Plaintiffs’ Fourth Amended Complaint. Even the written discovery
regarding current claims has not been resolved and is at issue in a motion to compel CDI to provide
further responses. (ECF No. 443-6). The Court also notes that the Fourth Amended Complaint is
141 pages and contains significant factual allegations. (ECF No. 380).
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide that “An interrogatory is not objectionable
merely because it asks for an opinion or contention that relates to fact or the application of law to
fact, but the court may order that the interrogatory need not be answered until designated
discovery is complete, or until a pretrial conference or some other time.” Fed. R. Civ. P.
The Court finds that it would be premature to require Plaintiffs to set forth all facts in support
of their claims at this stage in the case.
For the reasons discussed below and stated on the record, the Court orders Plaintiffs to
respond to CDI’s contention interrogatories set forth in CDI’s First Set of Interrogatories no later
than 90 days after the last deposition in this case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
August 22, 2017
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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