Helm et al v. Alderwoods Group, Inc. et al

Filing 272

ORDER RE: PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO COMPEL (Docket No. 267) (SI, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/1/2010)

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Helm et al v. Alderwoods Group, Inc. et al Doc. 272 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 v. ALDERWOODS GROUP, INC., Defendant. / WILLIAM HELM, et al., Plaintiffs, No. C 08-01184 SI ORDER RE: PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO COMPEL (Docket No. 267) IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA On July 27, 2010, the Court issued an order directing Alderwoods to supplement its privilege log by (1) identifying the author and the recipients of any documents it claims are subject to the attorney-client privilege, and (2) itemizing each email within certain email strings. Jul. 27, 2010 Order at *2-3 (Docket No. 255). The Court also stated that to the extent Alderwoods was unable to provide these supplements, "the privilege will be deemed waived and any non-privileged responsive document[s] must be produced." Id. at *3. Plaintiffs have now filed a letter brief contending that Alderwoods has failed to adequately identify the recipients of certain documents and that several of the emails and other documents itemized in the updated log are not properly subject to privilege. Plaintiffs seek an order directing Alderwoods to produce all documents it has failed to show are protected by privilege. This letter continues plaintiffs' history (in both this case and the related Bryant action) of sending meet and confer letters to defendants but providing an inadequate amount of time for defendants to respond before submitting the dispute to the Court. This is insufficient under both the Local Rules and the Federal Rules, which require that counsel make a bona fide, good faith attempt to hold either an in-person meeting or a telephone conference before seeking the Court's intervention in a discovery Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 dispute. See Civil L.R. 1-5(n), 37-1(a); Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(1). Alderwoods has represented that the concerns raised by plaintiffs in their letter brief are addressed in a response letter sent to plaintiffs on August 16, 2010 four days after plaintiffs sent their meet and confer letter to Alderwoods, and the same day plaintiffs submitted this dispute to the Court. The Court has not seen Alderwoods' August 16 Letter, but believes that the parties can resolve their privilege-related disputes, including the dispute concerning email recipients, the dispute concerning meeting agendas, and the dispute concerning emails with Julie Hermann as an author or recipient, through an in-person or telephonic meet and confer effort. Accordingly, the parties are hereby directed to meet and confer, in person or by telephone, no later than September 10, 2010 with respect to the privilege issues identified in plaintiffs' letter. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September 1, 2010 SUSAN ILLSTON United States District Judge 2

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