Phernetton v. McDonalds
OPINION AND ORDER: Court DENIES 55 Motion to Compel. Signed by Magistrate Judge Andrew P Rodovich on 9/15/2014. cc: Phernetton (tc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
OPINION AND ORDER
This matter is before the court on the Motion to Compel [DE 55] filed by the pro se
plaintiff, Eric Phernetton, on August 4, 2014. For the following reasons, the motion is DENIED.
Phernetton’s motion requests that the defendant turn over all of its evidence. However,
Phernetton’s motion fails for two reasons. First, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(a)(3)(B)
A party seeking discovery may move for an order compelling an answer,
designation, production, or inspection. This motion may be made if:
a deponent fails to answer a question asked under Rule 30 or 31;
a corporation or other entity fails to make a designation under Rule
30(b)(6) or 31(a)(4);
a party fails to answer an interrogatory submitted under Rule 33; or
a party fails to respond that inspection will be permitted—or fails to
permit inspection—as requested under Rule 34.
Under this rule a party may seek an order to compel discovery when an opposing party fails to
respond to discovery requests or has provided evasive or incomplete responses. Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 37(a)(2)-(3).
Phernetton has not stated that he served specific discovery
requests on McDonalds that it failed to respond to. Instead, he broadly states that the defendant
must turnover all of its evidence. This is an incorrect statement of McDonalds’ duties. Before
he may seek an order to compel, Phernetton must serve discovery on McDonalds, in the form of
interrogatories, requests for admissions requests for production of documents, or notices for
depositions, allow McDonald’s time to respond, and then, if he has not received a response or
finds the response incomplete, he may file a motion to compel explaining the requests
McDonalds has failed to respond to.
Second, Rule 37(a)(1) states that “[t]he motion must include a certification that the
movant has in good faith conferred or attempted to confer with the person or party failing to
make disclosure or discovery in an effort to obtain it without court action.” Phernetton has not
included the requisite certificate or stated his efforts to reach a resolution with McDonalds prior
to seeking court intervention.
For both of these reasons, Phernetton’s Motion to Compel [DE 55] is DENIED.
ENTERED this 15th day of September, 2014
/s/ Andrew P. Rodovich
United States Magistrate Judge
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