J.F. et al v. New Haven Unified School District et al

Filing 55

ORDER RE: DISCOVERY DISPUTE (Illston, Susan) (Filed on 5/12/2014)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 11 12 15 16 ORDER RE DISCOVERY DISPUTE Plaintiff, 13 14 No. C 13-03808 SI J.F., a minor, by her Guardian ad Litem CHERISE ABEL-IRBY, v. NEW HAVEN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, et al., Defendants. / 17 18 Now pending before the Court is the parties’ joint discovery letter. Dkt. No. 52. In the letter, 19 defendants request an order requiring plaintiff to reveal the names of five student witnesses whose 20 statements she has provided in her initial disclosures. Defendants further request that plaintiff execute 21 the Stipulated Protective Order for Standard Litigation within five days of the Court’s Order on this 22 dispute. Plaintiff asks the Court for an order prohibiting defendants from retaliating against or singling 23 out student witnesses, and prohibiting staff from releasing the students’ identities. 24 25 DISCUSSION 26 By this discovery letter, defendants argue that, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 27 26(a)(1), plaintiff must disclose to them the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all individuals 28 likely to have discoverable information. Defendants contend that plaintiff’s disclosure of “5 student witnesses who do not currently wish to be identified” does not satisfy this Rule. Dkt. No. 52 at 2. 1 Plaintiff responds that the student witnesses have asked to remain anonymous at this time because they 2 fear retaliation due to their ongoing status as students at plaintiff’s former school. Id. at 3. 3 Plaintiff has offered to reveal the names of the student witnesses to defendants’ attorneys, subject 4 to a stipulation prohibiting counsel from disclosing their names to any of the defendants. Id. at 3-4. The 5 Court finds that this is an appropriate solution to this problem. Releasing the student witnesses’ names 6 to defense counsel will permit them to continue to evaluate and investigate this case, while at the same 7 time protecting the minor witnesses. Accordingly, the Court ORDERS the plaintiff to reveal the identities of the student witnesses 9 to counsel for defendants, subject to a stipulated protective order preventing counsel from sharing the 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 8 students’ names with defendants. With regard to defendants’ request that plaintiff execute the Stipulated 11 Protective Order for Standard Litigation, the Court GRANTS the request and ORDERS the parties to 12 execute the Stipulated Protective Order within five days of the date of this Order. Finally, with regard 13 to plaintiff’s request for an order prohibiting defendants from retaliating against the student witnesses, 14 the Court finds that this request is premature and therefore it is DENIED without prejudice. This Order 15 resolves Docket No. 52. 16 17 IT IS SO ORDERED. 18 19 Dated: May 12, 2014 SUSAN ILLSTON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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