Baker v. NRA Group, LLC
MINUTE ORDER granting 52 NRA Group, LLC's Motion to Compel Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, as set forth in the order. Plaintiff shall provide a written release for his credit reports on or before 6/20/2014. Each party shall pay its own attorney fees and costs for this motion. By Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe on 6/10/2014.(emill)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 13-cv-02665-MSK-MJW
NRA GROUP, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company,
Entered by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe
It is hereby ORDERED that NRA Group, LLC’s Motion to Compel Pursuant to
Fed. R. Civ. P. 37 (docket no. 52) is GRANTED as follows for the following reasons.
It is FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall provide a written release for his
credit reports on or before June 20, 2014. Each party shall pay their own attorney fees
and costs for this motion.
This is a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) case. In the subject
motion (docket no. 52), Defendant seeks an Order from this court requiring Plaintiff to
respond fully to Defendant’s Request for Production No. 2 and produce a copy of
Plaintiff’s un-redacted credit reports. Plaintiff objects to the subject motion (docket no.
52) on the following grounds.
First, Plaintiff argues that the un-redacted versions of Plaintiff’s credit reports are
not relevant. The court does not agree. Plaintiff seeks actual damages in this case.
Plaintiff alleges that he suffered emotional distress based on Defendant’s conduct. The
information in Plaintiff’s credit reports which show negative credit information from
agencies other than Defendant is therefore relevant on the issue of emotional distress.
See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1) (broadly defining the scope of discovery to any
nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party’s claim or defense); Fed. R. Evid. 401
(stating evidence is relevant if it “has any tendency to make a fact more or less probable
than it would be without the evidence”). Therefore, Plaintiff’s objection on relevancy
grounds is overruled.
Second, Plaintiff contends that he does not possess the requested un-redacted
credit reports and that Defendant should subpoena them from the credit reporting
agencies. The requested credit reports were attached to the pleadings by Plaintiff in a
redacted form. This court is hard pressed to believe that credit reports provided to
Plaintiff by a credit agency like Experian would be delivered in a redacted form. In
almost twenty-seven years as a trial court judge on the state and federal levels, this
court has never had a credit agency like Experian deliver a credit report to the person
whom the credit report concerns in a redacted form. Moreover, Plaintiff’s argument that
Defendant should just “subpoena” the credit reports directly from Experian will do
nothing but delay the truth finding process. Accordingly, Plaintiff shall provide a written
release for his credit reports to Defendant.
Date: June 10, 2014
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