Fox et al v. Transam Leasing, Inc. et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting in part and denying in part 28 Motion to Compel. Signed by Magistrate Judge Gerald L. Rushfelt on 9/18/2013. (gc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
TRANSAM LEASING, INC., et. al,
CANDACE FOX, et. al,
Case No. 12-2706-CM-GLR
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
On September 12, 2013, the Court conducted a phone status conference. All parties
appeared by their respective counsel of record. In addition to other matters the Court considered
and ruled on the following motions: Motion to Compel by TransAm Trucking (ECF 28);
Defendants’ Motion for Leave to File Supplemental Reply (ECF 41). This Memorandum and
Order confirms the rulings of the Court on those two motions.
Without objection the Court has sustained Defendants’ Motion for Leave to File
Supplemental Reply (ECF 41). Defendants conceded that the motion itself contains the content
of the reply. It supplements the earlier response to the motion to compel.
The motion to compel seeks answers by plaintiffs to Interrogatories 3 and 4 of TransAm
Trucking’s First Set of Interrogatories. It also seeks to compel plaintiffs to provide documents
and information responsive to Requests 8 through 19, 24 through 29, and 31 through 33 of
TransAm Trucking’s First Request for Production of Documents. Having considered all the
relevant memoranda of the parties, the Court has sustained in part and overruled in part the
Motion to Compel by TransAm Trucking (ECF 28). More specifically the Court has ruled as
Defendant concedes the motion is moot with regard to its request to require Plaintiff
Charles Schreckenback to sign under oath his answers to the interrogatories. Plaintiff has signed
The Court agrees with the argument and cases submitted by Defendant that “boilerplate”
objections of themselves generally do not justify a failure to answer interrogatories or to comply
with requests for production. But such objections may be adequate, if the interrogatories or
requests appear objectionable on their face. Plaintiffs answered in part and otherwise objected to
Interrogatories 3 and 4 upon grounds the term “rate at which you were paid” is vague and
ambiguous and that they were otherwise “irrelevant and not reasonably calculated to lead to the
discovery of admissible evidence.” The Court has overruled the objection that “rate at which you
were paid” is vagues and ambiguous. It has sustained in part and denied in part the objection of
irrelevancy. The Court agrees with Defendant that Paragraph 105 of the complaint does allege
facts that justify the interrogatories to a limited extent, but not for information about services
rendered as far back as 2001. Accordingly, Plaintiffs shall answer both interrogatories, but
limited to providing the requested information with respect to services they provided as a truck
driver, either as an employee or independent contractor, between August 18, 2006, and the
The Court overrules the objections as unsupported and sustains the motion to compel
Plaintiffs to produce documents responsive to Requests 8, 9, 10, 14, and 15. It overrules the
motion and sustains objections that the following interrogatories are on their face overly broad
and unduly burdensome: 11, 12, 13, 16 through 19, 24 and 25.
Plaintiffs did not address the motion with regard to Requests 26 through 29.
Accordingly, the Court regards any objection to those requests as abandoned. It sustains the
motion to compel production of documents responsive to Requests 26 through 29.
Requests 31, 32, and 33 seek production of current Archives or Expanded Archives for
Facebook or Twitter accounts of the Plaintiffs. Defendant has cited cases that support the
propriety for requiring production of such information. Plaintiffs objected to these three requests
only upon the ground that they are “not reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of
admissible evidence.” Plaintiffs have provided no evidence to support an objection that their
social media, if any, is totally lacking in relevant information. The briefing on this point does not
adequately support their single objection. In the last paragraph of its motion Defendant has
described what specific information it seeks. Accordingly, the Court will overrule the objection
and sustain the motion. But it will give Plaintiffs the following option for responding to these
three requests: Plaintiffs shall provide the archive information, as requested by Requests 31, 32,
and 33. As an alternative, however, Plaintiffs may satisfy the requests by providing all of the
following information from their respective Facebook and Twitter accounts: any discussions or
complaints about defendant(s); any communications regarding the intent of any Plaintiff to sign
up to drive for defendant(s); and any discussions about this law suit that is not subject to a legal
In summary, the Court sustains Defendants’ Motion for Leave to File Supplemental Reply
(ECF 41). It deems the Supplemental Reply filed. The Court sustains in part and overrules in
part the Motion to Compel by TransAm Trucking (ECF 28). On or before October 2, 2013,
Plaintiffs shall answer Interrogatories 3 and 4 of TransAm Trucking’s First Set of Interrogatories
Numbered 1 to 8, as herein provided. By that date Plaintiffs shall also produce documents and
information responsive to items 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32 and 33, as herein directed.
The Court overrules the remaining part of the motion to compel.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 18th day of September, 2013.
S/Gerald L. Rushfelt
Gerald L. Rushfelt
U. S. Magistrate Judge
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