Ashlund v. IC System
ORDER (SEE ATTACHED) denying as moot (Dkt. #35) Motion to Compel, and denying request for imposition of sanctions without prejudice to renew at the conclusion of discovery; granting (Dkt. #44) Motion for Extension of Time such that all depositions and discovery shall be completed on or before January 19, 2018, and dispositive motions shall be filed on or before February 28, 2018. Signed by Judge Joan G. Margolis on 12/5/2017. (Watson, M.)
ELECTRONIC ORDER ON PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO COMPEL (Dkt. #35) AND MOTION TO
EXTEND DEADLINES (Dkt. #44) IN ROBERT ASHLUND v. I.C. SYSTEM, INC., 17 CV 65 (JBA)
12/5/17 – On November 28, 2017, plaintiff filed the pending Motion to Compel defendant to
provide responsive answers to interrogatories and requests for production that were served on
defendant on June 28, 2017. (Dkt. #35; Dkt. #36, at 2-3 & Exh. A). On December 4, 2017,
defendant filed its brief in opposition, with exhibits in support (Dkt. #45), and the next day,
plaintiff filed his reply brief, with exhibits in support. (Dkt. #47). Also on December 4, 2017,
plaintiff filed a Motion to Extend Deadlines to Conduct Depositions and Complete Discovery. (Dkt.
#44). On December 5, 2017, the motions were referred to this Magistrate Judge from U.S. District
Judge Janet Bond Arterton. (Dkt. #46). Discovery is scheduled to close on December 20, 2017
and the dispositive motion deadline is January 30, 2018. (Dkt. #13).
In his reply brief, plaintiff states that “[d]efendant finally produced the improperly withheld
discovery after first making baseless objections and then stalling for months.” (Dkt. #47, at 1).
Plaintiff asserts that defendant used “boilerplate objections[,]” “then ignored . . . two deficiency
letters” dated October 2, 2017 and October 19, 2017, and still failed to respond after counsel
conferred on November 7, 2017 and November 14, 2017. (Id. at 3-6). Plaintiff acknowledges that
“[d]efendant no longer needs to be compelled to produce [the withheld documents,]” but plaintiff
argues that “[s]anctions . . . should be awarded” in the amount of “$1,289.50 for the time
expended in preparing and filing this motion.” (Id. at 1, 7). Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel (Dkt.
#35) is denied as moot, and plaintiff’s request for an imposition of sanctions is denied without
prejudice to renew at the conclusion of discovery.
In plaintiff’s Motion to Extend Deadlines, plaintiff seeks a thirty day extension of the current
deadlines in light of defendant’s belated discovery compliance which denied plaintiff the time to
“efficiently prepare” for the Rule 30(b)(6) deposition that is currently scheduled for December 8,
2017. (Dkt. #44, at 1). In light of defendant’s compliance with the outstanding discovery requests
just four days prior to the scheduled Rule 30(b)(6) deposition, plaintiff’s Motion to Extend
Deadlines (Dkt. #44) is granted such that all depositions and discovery shall be completed on or
before January 19, 2018, and dispositive motions shall be filed on or before February 28,
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