Schaffner v. Crown Equipment Corporation

Filing 116

DISCOVERY ORDER on 96 Joint Letter re Discovery Dispute. Signed by Judge Joseph C. Spero on 09/14/2011. (tmi, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/14/2011)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 FRANK SCHAFFNER, 8 9 Plaintiff(s), v. No. C 09-00284 SBA (JCS) CROWN EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 Defendant(s). _________________________________/ DISCOVERY ORDER [Docket 96] 12 13 14 The Court held a hearing on September 9, 2011 regarding the Joint Letter filed as Docket 15 Number 96. The Court treats the Joint Letter as a Motion to Compel filed by the Plaintiff. Counsel 16 for all parties appeared. For the reasons stated on the record and good cause appearing IT IS 17 HEREBY ORDERED as follows: 18 1. The Court holds that Defendant has not waived the attorney client privilege or the 19 work product protections asserted. Defendant shall provide a privilege log reflecting 20 all documents withheld under a claim of privilege or work product on or before 21 October 10, 2011. The log shall include all claimed privilege or work product 22 documents that would otherwise be produced under this order or under the scope of 23 discovery already agreed to by Defendant. The log need not include any 24 communications with any outside counsel. By agreement, Defendant shall produce to 25 Plaintiff a log of documents produced in this litigation by category. 26 2. With respect to Stand Up Fork Lifts model series RC, RD, RR and RS (the “Stand Up 27 Fork Lifts”), Defendant has already produced all relevant accident records. For all 28 1 Stand Up Fork Lifts, Defendant shall produce all maintenance records regarding 2 break failures and/or retrofitting doors for the past 10 years. These documents shall 3 be produced within 30 days at the locations where they are usually kept by 4 Defendant. Pursuant to Evidence Code section 502(d), the Court orders that in the 5 event that documents protected by the attorney client privilege or the work product 6 doctrine are contained in such records and are produced to the Plaintiff, that 7 production shall not constitute a waiver of any privilege or work product protection in 8 any Federal or State proceeding. 9 3. Within 30 days, Defendant shall produce all training modules in existence at the time of the accident that is the subject of this litigation that concern the electronic traction 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 controls or the breaking systems of the Stand Up Fork Lifts, and shall provide a list of 12 all other training modules which existed at that time. 13 4. 14 15 The Motion to compel production of all accident analyses and evaluations where the accident involved a leg injury is denied as over broad. 5. Within 30 days, Defendant shall produce all drawings, plans, blueprints and 16 schematics for the RC 3000 in PDF format. If plaintiff can make a showing that 17 certain of those drawings should be produced in CAD format, the Court will consider 18 such a request. No such showing has yet been made. 19 6. Within 30 days Defendant shall produce TSBs and PIBs regarding the break spring 20 on the Stand Up Fork Lifts, and all documents regarding the creation of these TSBs 21 and PIBs 22 7. All accident data produce in response to Request No. 33 shall be produced in Excel 23 format. Plaintiff shall properly label all copies of this accident data as either being in 24 the original configuration and format provided by Defendant, or has having been 25 changed in any manner by Plaintiff. 26 27 28 8. The motion to compel information regarding the sit down lifts and pallet jacks is denied. 1 9. Defendant shall produce all document retention policies in place on or after the date 2 of the accident. Defendant shall also produce any documents directing Defendant’s 3 employees to retain documents or stop the destruction of documents in connection 4 with this lawsuit. Privileged material may be redacted and logged. 5 10. 6 7 2011 as Confidential under the protective order in this matter. 11. 8 9 Defendant shall produce its balance sheet and annual report for the years 2010 and The Court declines to allow Plaintiff an additional 13 deposition as no showing has been made demonstrating any need for these additional depositions. 12. Except as expressly ordered above, the Motion is DENIED. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 IT IS SO ORDERED. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dated: September 14, 2011 JOSEPH C. SPERO United States Magistrate Judge

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