Payne v. Ortiz et al
ORDER denying 40 Motion to Compel. SEE ATTACHED. Signed by Judge Thomas P. Smith on December 6, 2011. (Gentile, N.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
FREDERICK PAYNE, SR.,
FRANCISCO ORTIZ, et al.,
Case No. 3:08-cv-657 (CFD)
MAGISTRATE’S RULING ON PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO COMPEL [Doc. #40]
In this civil rights action, plaintiff Frederick Payne, Sr.,
(“Payne”) challenges the search of his girlfriend’s apartment,
his seizure, and his arrest by the defendants.
Payne has filed a
motion to compel responses to January 2011 production requests
seeking copies of all grievances, complaints, internal
investigation documents or other documentation regarding any and
all misconduct by any defendant since they were first employed by
the New Haven Police Department.
For the reasons that follow,
Payne’s motion is DENIED.
Rule 37, D. Conn. L. Civ. R., requires that, before filing a
motion to compel, the moving party must confer with opposing
counsel in a good faith effort to resolve the dispute.
purpose of this rule is to encourage the parties to resolve
discovery disputes without court intervention.
See Hanton v.
Price, No. 3:04cv473(CFD), 2006 WL 581204, at *1 (D. Conn. Mar.
If discussions are not successful, the party moving to
compel must submit an affidavit certifying the attempted
resolution and specifying which issues were resolved and which
In his affidavit, Payne states that he attempted to
resolve the dispute by writing a letter to defendants’ counsel.
He has provided a copy of the letter.
See Doc. #42, Ex. 3.
In March 2011, the defendants objected to the three requests
for production on the grounds that the requests were overly
broad, vague, unduly burdensome and not relevant to any of the
issues in the complaint.
The defendants specifically noted that
the requests were not limited to the subject matter of the
complaint or limited to a reasonable time period before the
incident that led to the complaint.
See Doc. #42, Ex. 2.
letter, Payne referenced the Federal Rules of Evidence and
reiterated his original requests.
Payne’s failure to narrow his
requests in time or scope indicates to the court that he has not
made a good faith effort to resolve this matter.
the motion to compel is denied.
In addition, on May 3, 2011, the plaintiff served a second
request for production of documents seeking the same information
in more detail than in the first request.
He made no attempt to
narrow the scope of information sought and appears to have
expanded the time period covered.
The defendants objected to
these requests as untimely as well as for the reasons they
objected to the first set of production requests.
motion to compel specifically references only the January 2011
request, Payne discusses the second request in his affidavit and
submits as exhibits the second request for production and the
This case was filed in April 2008.
On December 15, 2010,
the court specifically denied Payne’s request to extend discovery
in this case until June 1, 2011.
The court ordered that all
discovery be completed by February 1, 2011.
sought, nor was granted, permission to serve discovery requests
after that date.
Thus, to the extent the motion to compel is
directed to the second request for production, the motion is
denied as the requests were untimely filed.
In conclusion, Payne’s motion to compel [Doc. #40] is
SO ORDERED this 6th day of December 2011, at Hartford,
/s/ Thomas P. Smith
Thomas P. Smith
United States Magistrate Judge
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