Kristine Livingston et al v. Kempersports Management, Inc.
ORDER re Discovery Dispute. ORDER Setting Telephonic Conference for 11/12/2013, at 04:00 PM before Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto. The parties shall initiate one joint conference call at the time and date for the informal telephonic status conference. Order signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 11/1/2013. (Timken, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
KRISTINE LIVINGSTON, et al.
Case No. 1:12-cv-01427-LJO-SKO
ORDER RE DISCOVERY DISPUTE
KEMPERSPORTS MANAGEMENT, INC.,
ORDER SETTING TELEPHONIC
CONFERENCE FOR NOVEMBER 12,
2013, AT 4:00 p.m.
On September 4, 2013, Defendant Kempersports Management, Inc. ("Defendant") filed a
19 motion to compel seeking an order requiring Plaintiffs to serve further responses to Defendant's
20 requests for production of documents, special interrogatories, a request for production of
21 documents and inspection of tangible things, and seeking to compel the deposition of Plaintiff
22 Kristine Livingston. (Doc. 27.)
The parties agreed to resolve the dispute via informal telephonic conference, which was
24 held on October 9, 2013. Following the informal telephone conference, the Court issued an order
25 on October 9, 2013, setting forth the resolution of various issues and outlining the parties’ further
26 obligations. A further telephonic conference was set for October 23, 2013, which was continued
27 to October 31, 2013, as Plaintiffs had not fully complied with the Court’s October 9, 2013, order
28 and the parties had not submitted the required joint statement.
On October 31, 2013, the parties appeared for two telephonic conferences. At both
2 conferences, Dean Gordon, Esq., appeared for Plaintiffs and Michael Burns, Esq., and Matthew
3 Mason, Esq., appeared for Defendant. The following issues were discussed and decided during
4 the telephonic conferences.1
Kristine Livingston's deposition shall take place on November 7, 2013, in Idaho. In light
Deposition of Kristine Livingston
7 of Plaintiffs’ continued delay in providing the requested computer information related to
8 documents purportedly authored by Mark Livingston and modified by Kristine Livingston,
9 Defendant shall have a total of ten (10) hours to complete this deposition. Defendant may
10 allocate this time as it deems appropriate with respect to reserving time to continue the deposition
11 after Kristine Livingston's computer has been mirror imaged and the relevant contents (as set forth
12 below) have been reviewed. The parties shall discuss the format and location of any continued
13 portion of the deposition.
Despite the fact that Defendant’s request for metadata and inspection of Plaintiffs’
Forensic Review of Computer Hard Drive
16 computer has been pending since May 2013, Plaintiffs’ expert has been unable to recover
17 metadata from Kristine Livingston's computer pertaining to two documents which were
18 purportedly created by Mark Livingston. As such, Plaintiffs are unable to accurately determine
19 the creation date of these documents or whether, and in what respects, these documents have been
20 modified. As Plaintiffs intend to admit these documents during trial, the hard drive of Kristine
21 Livingston's computer shall be mirror-imaged to provide Defendant with information relevant to
22 the creation and modification of these particular documents.
Plaintiffs' counsel shall verify whether a mirror image of Kristine Livingston’s computer
24 has already been created. If no mirror image exists, Plaintiff’s expert shall create a mirror image
25 of the hard drive by no later than November 6, 2013.2 Meanwhile, by November 4, 2013, the
26 parties are to discuss and propose a plan for either their respective experts or a neutral expert to
The factual background is well-known to the parties and will not be set forth in this order.
Defendant shall pay for the actual cost of the hard drive.
1 review the mirror image of the hard drive and to obtain the metadata for these documents.
Further, with respect to the duplicate document produced by Plaintiffs bates stamped
3 LIV00054 and LIV00069 and entitled "Teresa Tillima time clock violation," Plaintiffs have
4 confirmed that neither the author nor the date and time of creation of the document can be
5 established. Due to Plaintiffs’ continued inability to produce discovery necessary to verify the
6 source and creation date of the document, this document is hereby EXCLUDED from use at trial.
7 Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(b)(2)(A).
The Court's order of October 9, 2013, stated that objections and privileges were waived as
Documents Responsive to Requests for Production of Documents
10 to a number of Defendant's Requests for Production of Documents ("RFPs") because no privilege
11 or objection was expressly stated. Plaintiffs were ordered to provide supplemental responses no
12 later than October 18, 2013. Plaintiffs failed to meet this deadline.
In their October 29, 2013, Joint Statement, Plaintiffs indicated that they are determining
14 whether there are documents responsive to a discovery request for which the Court determined
15 any privilege had been waived for Plaintiffs’ failure to assert such privilege.
In the Joint
16 Statement, Plaintiffs' counsel further stated he anticipated producing all such documents by
17 October 30, 2013. However, no such documents had been produced as of the October 31, 2013,
18 telephone conference date. As such, Plaintiffs must produce any responsive documents no later
19 than November 5, 2013, or risk sanctions for repeated failure to comply with the Court’s order.
Special Interrogatories Nos. 6 and 7 to Plaintiffs as Successors-In-Interest re
Mark Livingston's Family History of Heart Attacks/ Heart-Related Health
By no later than November 6, 2013, Plaintiffs, as successors-in-interest, are to provide
23 complete and verified responses indicating whether they are aware of any blood relative of Mark
24 Livingston who suffers, or has suffered, from a heart condition/illness or a heart-related
25 condition/illness. The responses must indicate whether Wesley or Jason Livingston themselves
26 suffer from any heart condition/illness or heart-related condition/illness, and both Wesley and
27 Jason Livingston must verify the response.
Special Interrogatories Nos. 1-3 to Jason and Wesley Livingston re Health
The Court finds that these interrogatories require no further response by Plaintiffs. The
4 interrogatories are subsumed by the special interrogatory to the Plaintiffs as successors-in-interest,
5 which is more narrowly tailored to protect the individual privacy interests raised by Plaintiffs. To
6 the extent that Wesley and/or Jason Livingston indicate that they currently have or have had heart
7 conditions/illnesses or heart-related conditions/illness, the scope of any production of medical
8 records will be revisited at that time.
Request for Production No. 103 to Jason Livingston
Jason Livingston must provide a verified response to this RFP no later than November 6,
Facebook Social Media Production
Where Facebook or other social media messages and posts are responsive to discovery
14 requests, Plaintiffs are to provide a copy of that message or post in its original format, with
15 manual redactions as necessary to preserve privileged information. Amended responses are due
16 no later than November 6, 2013.
Statement of Efforts to Obtain Responsive Documents
Plaintiffs shall provide a statement of the efforts undertaken to search for and obtain
19 responsive documents; a general statement that a search was conducted is insufficient.
20 Additionally, Plaintiffs are to describe the search for responsive emails with respect to the email
21 account firstname.lastname@example.org. This statement must be provided to Defendant no later than
22 November 6, 2013.
Plaintiffs indicate that verification of the discovery responses have been obtained from
25 Kristine and Wesley Livingston, but no verification from Jason Livingston is available. Jason
26 Livingston shall provide a verification of the discovery responses no later than November 6,
The parties shall comply with the deadlines set in this order. If the parties fail to meet
3 these deadlines, a formal hearing will be set to show cause why sanctions should not be imposed
4 on the noncomplying party pursuant to the Court's inherent power to manage its docket and to
5 enforce its orders.
A further telephonic conference is SET for Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.
Further Telephonic Conference
8 The parties shall initiate one joint conference call at the time and date for the informal telephonic
9 status conference.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
November 1, 2013
/s/ Sheila K. Oberto
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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