Darazs v. Brighthaupt et al

Filing 19

ORDER granting 17 Defendant's Motion to Compel the Plaintiff to Respond to Deposition Questions; denying 18 Plaintiff's Motion for Extension of Time. See attached Order. Signed by Judge Thomas P. Smith on September 19, 2012. (Pylman, J.)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT CHRISTOPHER MIKE DARAZS, Plaintiff, : : : : : : : v. JON BRIGHTHAUPT, et al., Defendants. Case No. 3:11-cv-2019 (AVC) RULING AND ORDER The defendants seek a court order directing the plaintiff to answer deposition questions. In response, the plaintiff asks the court to defer his deposition until counsel has been appointed. The court denied the plaintiff’s motion for appointment of counsel on August 24, 2012. 2012. assist The deposition was approved in April Since that time, the plaintiff has not retained counsel to him in the deposition. In fact, in his motion for appointment of counsel, filed in July 2012, he stated that he had made no efforts to obtain counsel on his own. The plaintiff has no constitutional right to counsel in a civil matter. The plaintiff’s motion for extension of time [Doc. #18] is DENIED. The defendants’ motion to compel the plaintiff to respond to deposition questions [Doc. #17] is GRANTED. directed to re-notice the deposition. The defendants are The plaintiff is cautioned that if he fails to participate fully in the deposition, the defendants may file a motion to dismiss this action. See Salahuddin v. Harris, 782 F.2d 1127, 1133 (2d Cir. 1986) (noting that dismissal may be used as a sanction if deponent acts wilfully or in bad faith). SO ORDERED this 19th day of September, 2012 at Hartford, Connecticut. /s/ Thomas P. Smith Thomas P. Smith United States Magistrate Judge 2

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