Glen Harmer v. Steven M. Thomas et al

Filing 136

ORDER by Judge Kandis A. Westmore regarding parties' 134 6/28/17 Joint Discovery Letter Brief re: Depositions. (kawlc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/30/2017)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 GLEN HARMER, Plaintiff, 8 v. 9 ORDER REGARDING 6/28/17 JOINT LETTER RE: DEPOSITIONS Re: Dkt. No. 134 10 STEVEN M. THOMAS, et al., Defendants. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California Case No. 4:16-cv-04233-JSW (KAW) 12 13 On June 28, 2017, the parties filed a joint letter brief concerning the upcoming depositions 14 noticed for July 3 and July 5, 2017. (Joint Letter, Dkt. No. 134.) Therein, Plaintiff complained of 15 certain deponents having to travel more than 100 miles to undergo examination. (Joint Letter at 3.) 16 Plaintiff’s counsel further represents that she is unavailable on July 3, 2017. (Joint Letter at 5.) In 17 light of the recurring scheduling challenges—which is compounded by the fact that there are 14 18 defendants in this action—all of the defendants have agreed to permit telephonic appearances for 19 all depositions, but Plaintiff has not signed Defendants’ proposed stipulation. (Joint Letter at 6.)1 20 Defendants further requested that the discovery cut-off date be extended, which was granted by 21 the district court in its referral to the undersigned, such that the deadline to complete discovery is 22 now August 18, 2017. (Dkt. No. 135.) Upon review of the joint letter, Defendants’ request to permit all parties to appear 23 24 telephonically at all depositions is GRANTED. In light of the district court’s extension of the 25 discovery deadline, the undersigned orders the parties to meet and confer to reschedule the 26 27 28 1 Defendants also complain that Plaintiff failed to appear at the court-ordered mediation on June 12, 2017. (Joint Letter at 5.) This issue, however, is not before the undersigned, and any request for relief related to Plaintiff’s non-appearance must be brought before the presiding judge. 1 depositions set for July 3, 2017, which Plaintiff’s counsel is unable to attend, as well as to 2 generally meet and confer regarding the scheduling of all future depositions, as required by Civil 3 Local Rule 30-1 and § 9 of the Northern District’s Guidelines for Professional Conduct. 4 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 30, 2017 __________________________________ KANDIS A. WESTMORE United States Magistrate Judge 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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