The Lynch Retirement Investment Group, LLC v. Croyle
MEMORANDUM ORDER re: Informal Discovery Dispute Procedure. Signed by Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner on 11/20/2020. (bas, Deputy Clerk)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
BETH P. GESNER
CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
101 WEST LOMBARD STREET
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 21201
November 20, 2020
James H. West, Esq.
West, Edwards & Aitken, LLC
409 Washington Avenue, Suite 1010
Baltimore, MD 21204
Charles S. Fax, Esq.
Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC
4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 820
Bethesda, MD 20814
Michael S. Barranco, Esq.
The Law Offices of Frank F. Dailey, P.C.
11350 McCormick Road
Executive Plaza III, Suite 704
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Joseph Wolfson, Esq.
Stevens and Lee
1818 Market Street, 29th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Lynch Ret. Inv. Grp., LLC v. Croyle
Civil No.: ELH-20-1280
As I mentioned in my letter order of today’s date, I am providing you with my informal
discovery dispute procedure. The parties should only use the expedited process detailed below for
any disputes that remain after the parties’ good faith effort to resolve the dispute on your own.
Please do not file any discovery motions until this process has been followed and I advise you that
formal briefing is necessary.
My informal discovery dispute procedure is as follows:
At the outset, I note that you are required to attempt to resolve any discovery
disputes among yourselves in the first instance. If you are unable to do so, you may:
File a joint brief letter (not to exceed one page) advising me that you would like me
to resolve a discovery dispute (noting the nature of the dispute), confirming that you
have attempted to resolve it on your own and that you have held a Local Rule 104.7
conference. Note: This requirement contemplates a discussion between counsel, not
an email exchange.
Within 24 hours of sending the letter noted above, counsel involved in the discovery
dispute shall file short letters (not to exceed two pages) setting forth their respective
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positions. You are not to “reply” to each other’s letters. This procedure
contemplates that you will file your letters contemporaneously and that you are
already familiar with the other party’s position by virtue of your conference.
Upon review of these letters, I will determine whether a telephone conference is
necessary to resolve the dispute. If not, I will resolve the dispute. If so, my chambers
will contact you with a timeframe for when I am available for a conference call.
If I advise counsel that I would like to have a telephone conference, the parties
should confer and call my chambers with a date and time within that timeframe when
all counsel are available.
It shall be the responsibility of plaintiff’s counsel to arrange for a conference call at
the prescribed time.
I will not make a tape recording of the hearing. If any of you want a court reporter
to record the hearing, it will be your responsibility to have a court reporter present
in your office. Of course, you must advise me and opposing counsel at the
commencement of the hearing that a record is being made.
I will do my best to resolve as many disputes as I can in this informal manner. If,
however, I determine that the issues are too complicated for me to do so after hearing from
you, I will direct that the procedures for formal briefing be followed.
Despite the informal nature of this letter, it will constitute an Order of the court and will be
Very truly yours,
Beth P. Gesner
Chief United States Magistrate Judge
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