Trampe et al v. Hoffman Trucking Incorporated et al
ORDER GRANTING IN PART and DENYING IN PART 25 Motion to Compel. The Court ORDERS that Defendants must allow the quiet attendance of a third-party at the independent medical examination of Plaintiff David Trampe, but does not order videography or other recording as an alternative. Signed by Judge Stephen P. McGlynn on 11/20/2020. (anb2)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
DAVID TRAMPE and KELLY
Case No. 20-CV-00502-SPM
INCORPORATED and CLINTON L.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
McGLYNN, District Judge:
Before the Court is the Motion to Compel Medical Examination Pursuant to
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 35(a) Without Videotape/ Recording or Third-Party
Attendance filed by Defendants Hoffman Trucking Incorporated and Clinton L.
Rasmussen, along with their memorandum in support of the motion (Docs. 25, 26).
Plaintiffs David Trampe and Kelly Trampe oppose the motion and filed their response
Pursuant to FED. R. CIV. P. 35(a), Defendants have arranged to have Dr. R.
Peter Mirkin, an orthopedic surgeon, conduct an independent medical examination
of Plaintiff David Trampe. Plaintiffs’ counsel has indicated that he intended that the
physical examination be videotaped, recorded, or that a third-party, possibly Plaintiff
David Trampe’s wife, Co-Plaintiff Kelly Trampe, accompany him in the examination
room. Defendants have objected to all of these proposed options, stating that Dr.
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Mirkin does not allow videography, a recording of the examination, or the attendance
of a third-party. Defendants request the Court to compel Plaintiff David Trampe’s
appearance at the examination without any of these proposed options.
Rule 35(a) provides that the “court where the action is pending may order a
party whose mental or physical condition--including blood group--is in controversy to
submit to a physical or mental examination by a suitably licensed or certified
examiner.” Since Rule 35(a) does not specify whether a party has the right to
attendance of a third-party during the examination, the issue is left to the discretion
of the Court. See Newman v. Gaetz, 2010 WL 4928868, *1 (N.D.Ill. Nov.29, 2010)
(citing Morrison v. Stephenson, 244 F.R.D. 405, 406 (S.D.Ohio 2007)). 735 ILCS 5/21003(d) states that:
Whenever the defendant in any litigation in this State has the right to
demand a physical or mental examination of the plaintiff pursuant to
statute or Supreme Court Rule, relative to the occurrence and extent of
injuries or damages for which claim is made, . . . plaintiff has the right
to have his or her attorney, or such other person as the plaintiff may
wish, present at such physical or mental examination.
The Court finds the Illinois statute instructive on the matter and GRANTS in part
and DENIES in part the Motion to Compel (Doc. 25). The Court ORDERS that
Defendants must allow the quiet attendance of a third-party at the independent
medical examination of Plaintiff David Trampe, but does not order videography or
other recording as an alternative. Dr. Mirkin certainly does not have to agree to serve
as an expert in this matter should he find the presence of a third-party unacceptable.
The Court REMINDS Plaintiffs’ counsel that he should be reluctant to involve
himself in the examination. If a question arises concerning the responses made by
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Plaintiff, counsel may find himself in the unenviable position of being a witness
during the trial. See ILL. RULES OF PROF. CONDUCT, Rule 3.7.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
November 20, 2020
s/ Stephen P. McGlynn
STEPHEN P. MCGLYNN
U.S. District Judge
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