Meeker v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc. et al
COURTROOM MINUTES/MINUTE ORDER for Motion Hearing and Informal Discovery Conference held on 9/3/2015 before Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang. The Motion for Protective Order Pursuant 143 is SUBMITTED AND TAKEN UNDER ADVISEMENT. Written order to issue. Plaintiff's Motion to Restrict Exhibit Number 18 and 19 to Plaintiff's Response to Carbondale Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment 151 is GRANTED. The Clerk of the Court shall restrict [150-1] and [150-2] with a Level 1 restricti on. Parties shall meet and confer to try to reach some resolution. If no resolution is reached, parties shall file any outstanding discovery motions on or before 9/11/2015. The response is due on or before 9/25/2015. No replies will be accepted without leave of court.FTR: Courtroom C-204. (bsimm, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
MAGISTRATE JUDGE NINA Y. WANG
Date: September 3, 2015
FTR: NYW COURTROOM C-204
Christina M. Habas
Kimberly Jo Jones
Paula Dee Greisen
LIFE CARE CENTERS OF AMERICA, INC.,
COLORADO MEDICAL INVESTORS, LLC,
TOWN OF CARBONDALE, COLORADO,
Gail Lynne Benson
Ian Ray Mitchell
Thomas Sullivan Rice
COURTROOM MINUTES/MINUTE ORDER
MOTION HEARING AND INFORMAL DISCOVERY CONFERENCE
Court in Session: 1:30 p.m.
Appearances of counsel. Ms. Laurie Mool appears with Mses. Greisen and Jones.
Discussion and argument held on Defendants Life Care Centers of America, Inc. and Colorado
Medical Investors, LLC’s Motion for Protective Order Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c) 
filed August 5, 2015.
For reasons stated on the record, it is
ORDERED: The Motion for Protective Order Pursuant  is SUBMITTED AND
TAKEN UNDER ADVISEMENT. Written order to issue.
Discussion held on Plaintiff’s Motion to Restrict Exhibit Number 18 and 19 to Plaintiff’s
Response to Carbondale Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment  filed August 14,
ORDERED: Plaintiff’s Motion to Restrict Exhibit Number 18 and 19 to Plaintiff’s
Response to Carbondale Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment  is
GRANTED. The Clerk of the Court shall restrict [150-1] and [150-2] with a
Level 1 restriction.
Parties proceed to Informal Discovery Conference.
Parties discuss time frame covered in Plaintiffs discovery requests and if those requests are
overly burdensome for Defendants. The Court has no information to determine if the requests are
overly burdensome, but provides the following guidance: if the unannounced drills have been
occurring since 2010, then it is appropriate for discovery with respect to such drills to extend
back to 2010. However, any discovery directed at the financial status of the Defendants should
be limited to 2013 to the present, and should be limited to documents sufficient to establish the
financial position and relationship of Defendants but need not be every financial document that
can be encompassed by the discovery dispute, given the fact that the only identified relevance is
to Plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages.
Parties discuss LCCA, HCCA and CMI organizational structures, and relationship of entities.
Parties discuss request for personnel records and the safety committee meeting minutes.
Defendants are unaware of the number of unannounced drills at all the facilities during the
specified years. The court indicates at it expects that Defendants will take a reasonable inquiry to
determine the number of unannounced drills that may be subject to discovery, or alternatively,
may be unduly burdensome. To the extent Defendants assert that the discovery is overly
burdensome, the court expects Defendants to submit admissible evidence for that point rather
than relying only on attorney argument.
Parties discuss Revised RFP Documents No. 9 regarding documents relating to any Staff
Meeting at HPCC that discuss the drills. Defendant withdraws the objection.
ORDERED: Parties shall meet and confer to try to reach some resolution. If no resolution
is reached, parties shall file any outstanding discovery motions on or before
September 11, 2015. The response is due on or before September 25, 2015. No
replies will be accepted without leave of court.
Court in Recess: 2:31 p.m.
Total time in Court: 01:01
* To obtain a transcript of this proceeding, please contact Avery Woods Reporting at (303) 825-6119.
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