Jackson v. Fischer et al

Filing 336

Order by Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. The court grants in part and denies in part the discovery brief at ECF No. 335. The court orders the plaintiff to respond (as set forth in the order) no later than Friday, June 3, 2016, at 2 p.m. The court sets a case-management conference for Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 11 a.m. (lblc1S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/23/2016)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 San Francisco Division United States District Court Northern District of California 11 SUZANNE D. JACKSON, 12 Case No. 11-cv-02753-PJH (LB) Plaintiff, 13 v. DISCOVERY ORDER 14 WILLIAM FISCHER, et al., 15 Re: ECF No. 335 Defendants. 16 17 The parties raised five discovery disputes in their joint letter brief at ECF No. 335.1 The court 18 19 finds the matter suitable for determination (at least preliminarily) without oral argument under 20 Civil Local Rule 7-1(b), addresses the disputes, and sets a case-management conference on June 9, 21 2016, at 11 a.m. First, the parties contest whether the plaintiff responded to the SpeciGen defendants’ first set 22 23 of document requests. The defendants say that she did not serve formal responses; the plaintiff 24 responds obliquely that she has no responsive documents. The defendants doubt that and in any 25 event stand on their right to a formal response. They also argue that the plaintiff waived any 26 objections by failing to timely respond. (See ECF No. 335 at 1, 4-5.) On this record, the court 27 1 28 Record citations are to material in the Electronic Case File (“ECF”); pinpoint citations are to the ECF-generated page numbers at the top of documents. ORDER (No. 11-cv-02753-PJH (LB)) 1 concludes that the plaintiff has not responded formally and orders her to do so by Friday, June 3, 2 2016, at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. As to whether she has waived any objections, first, the plaintiff’s 3 response suggests that she will respond (and thus suggests that she will not object), and second, it 4 is only the defendants who say that she will object. The court cannot tell on this record whether 5 she will object. If she does, waiver may be an issue, and there might be relief for untimely 6 objections based on a showing of good cause. See Richmark Corp. v. Timber Falling Consultants, 7 959 F.2d 1468, 1473 (9th Cir. 1992) (untimely objections are waived); Batts v. County of Santa 8 Clara, No. C 08-00286 JW (HRL), 2010 WL 1027990, at *1 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 18, 2010) (good- 9 cause standard); Kanawi v. Bechtel Corp., No. C 06-05566 CRB (EDL), 2008 WL 4642168, at *1 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 17, 2008); see also Brown v. Stroud, No. C-08-02348-VRW (DMR), 2010 WL 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 3339524, at *1-*2 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 24, 2010). The court will consider waiver and good cause in 12 the context of any objections that the plaintiff actually raises. 13 Second, the defendants raise the plaintiff’s failure to respond formally to their first set of 14 interrogatories. (See ECF No. 335 at 1-2.) The issue is the same, and the order is the same: the 15 plaintiff must serve her verified responses by June 3 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, and the court will 16 consider waiver and good cause in the context of objections that the plaintiff raises. 17 Third, according to the defendants, the initial disclosures were due in December 2015, and the 18 plaintiff served her damages computation in March 2016, immediately noted errors, and promised 19 to correct them by April 1, 2016. She has not done that yet. (Id. at 2, 4-5.) The court orders her to 20 do so by June 3 at 2 p.m. 21 Fourth, the defendants assert that the plaintiff’s document productions were only a 22 reproduction of documents that they produced to her, and they point to specific documents that she 23 did not produce (such as a settlement agreement and documents about investment advice). (Id. at 24 2-5.) The plaintiff says that she has produced all that she has; the defendants note that she actually 25 plans to object to the production based on her disagreement with the district judge’s order about 26 the preclusive effect of the judgment in the adversary proceeding. (Id. at 4-5.) The plaintiff also 27 hints at her planned motion for a protective order. (Id. at 3.) The court again orders the plaintiff to 28 respond formally to the documents request by June 3 at 2 p.m. and raise any objections then. The ORDER (No. 11-cv-02753-PJH (LB)) 2 1 court will consider waiver and good cause on that record. The court’s discovery procedures also 2 require the plaintiff to move for any protective order in a joint letter brief filed under the civil 3 events category “Discovery Letter Brief.” 4 Fifth, the defendants want pre-lawsuit documents relevant to their statute-of-limitations 5 defense, including documents that may be attorney-client privileged. The plaintiff responds that all 6 documents were produced via a response to a subpoena to her prior counsel. The defendants reply 7 that the plaintiff’s response insinuates that she produced privileged documents, but she did not. 8 (Id. at 2, 4-5.) Again, the court cannot fashion relief on a record that does not include the 9 plaintiff’s formal response to the document requests and her assertion of any objections, including an objection based on attorney-client privilege. The court orders the plaintiff to serve her 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 responses by June 3 at 2 p.m., raise any objections, and provide a privilege log for any withheld 12 documents. The court’s standing order at ECF No. 325-1 sets forth its procedures for privilege 13 logs, but the parties may agree to other, less onerous procedures. 14 The court sets a case-management hearing for Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 11 a.m. The parties 15 are directed to update the court in a joint statement of no more than three pages filed no later than 16 noon Pacific Time on June 2, 2016. 17 This disposes of ECF No. 335. 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. 19 Dated: May 23, 2016 20 ______________________________________ LAUREL BEELER United States Magistrate Judge 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ORDER (No. 11-cv-02753-PJH (LB)) 3

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