Fees et al v. Zarco et al
ORDER Granting 92 Defendants' Motion to Compel. Signed by Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber on 8/16/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit) (BLG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO. 17-20564-CIV-MOORE
HEATHER M. FEES, et al.,
ROBERT ZARCO, ESQUIRE, et al.,
ORDER FOLLOWING DISCOVERY CONFERENCE
THIS CAUSE came before the Court following the June 28, 2017 discovery conference in
this matter. Defendants requested a discovery conference with the Court because they
claimed that Plaintiffs’ initial disclosures [DE # 46, filed May 18, 2017] were insufficient and that
Plaintiffs refused to provide the documentation identified in the initial disclosures. Two days
prior to the hearing, on June 26, 2017, Plaintiffs’ counsel filed Supplemented Initial Disclosures
[DE # 76].
Defendants explained at the outset of the hearing that Plaintiffs’ Supplemented Initial
Disclosures eliminated most of Defendants’ concerns regarding Plaintiffs’ Initial Disclosures.
Defendants explained, however, Plaintiffs still failed to provide both a computation of the
damages claimed by Plaintiffs in the initial and supplemented disclosures and all documents to
support Plaintiffs’ damages claims.
During the discovery conference, Plaintiffs’ counsel maintained that Plaintiffs had been
unable to provide said computation or documents without a protective order. Plaintiffs’
counsel later conceded, however, that the Court had previously entered a Stipulated Protective
Order [DE # 56] on May 24, 2017. At the hearing, Plaintiffs’ counsel agreed that he could
indeed provide said computation and documents to Defendants in light of the protective order.
(Plaintiffs’ counsel failed to explain his two month delay in producing the computation and
documents to Defendants since the protective order had been entered in May 2017). Plaintiffs’
counsel was still hesitant, however, to provide any information concerning an earlier
settlement Plaintiffs had received from a corporate entity (CPI) in the California case that
preceded this action. The undersigned made clear to the parties that any such settlement
information should be produced but that it will be subject to the protective order earlier
entered by the Court. [See DE # 56].
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED and ADJUDGED that:
Plaintiffs shall produce a computation of all damages identified in paragraph C
on page 18 of Plaintiffs’ Supplemented Disclosures [DE # 76] to Defendants.
Plaintiffs shall also produce all documents to support said computation to
Plaintiffs shall also produce to Defendants any documents detailing the
settlement proceeds received by Plaintiffs in the settlement in the California
litigation and the sale of Plaintiffs’ businesses to CPI.
Plaintiffs shall produce all documents identified in paragraphs 1-2 above to
Defendants on or before 5:00 PM on July 12, 2017.
Failure to comply with this Order will result in the imposition of sanctions,
including but not limited to the imposition of monetary sanctions.
DONE AND ORDERED, this 28th day of June 2017, in Miami, Florida.
BARRY L. GARBER
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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