Franke v. Davis Law Group PC et al
ORDER Denying 58 Plaintiff's Motion to Compel. Signed by Magistrate Judge David R. Grand. (Bankston, T)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
individually and on behalf of others
Civil Action No. 12-11035
Honorable Victoria A. Roberts
Magistrate Judge David R. Grand
ADVANTAGEDIRECT365, CORP., et al.,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO COMPEL 
Plaintiff Christopher Franke’s Motion to Compel (Doc. #58) has been referred to this
court for a hearing and determination pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §636(b)(1)(A).
Defendant AdvantageDirect365 Corp. (“Advantage”) filed a response (Doc. #62), and the court
held oral argument on May 8, 2013.
Advantage claims it is a “printing house that prepares and sends mailers for its
customers.” (Doc. #62 at 2). Advantage apparently receives spreadsheets from its customers
which identify the particular individuals – up to tens of thousands, if not more – to whom
Advantage is to send the mailings. The spreadsheets allegedly contain certain credit information
about those individuals, which, according to Franke, renders them “consumer reports” under the
Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. §1681a(d)(1).
One such spreadsheet Advantage received from one of its customers listed Franke and
about 56,000 other individuals (the “Spreadsheet”). After receiving the Spreadsheet, Advantage
sent the requested mailer to Franke and the other individuals. Franke alleges that Advantage’s
mailing violated his rights under the FCRA because it constituted an improper use of a
“consumer report.” As noted, Advantage apparently sent that same mailing to approximately
56,000 other individuals who may or may not ultimately become part of a proposed class in this
Franke has a copy of the Spreadsheet. At issue in the instant motion is his request that
Advantage produce “Any other spreadsheet received by [Advantage] that includes FICO scores”
and “Any other spreadsheet received by [Advantage] that includes debt loads.” (Doc. #58-2 at 12). In short, Franke wants Advantage to produce each of the allegedly “hundreds of spreadsheets
with consumer reports [i.e., those containing “Fico scores” and/or “debt loads”] of millions of
individuals.” (Doc. #58 at 3-4). Franke’s motion also seeks permission “to use this information
to contact [those millions of] individuals who have been harmed and could be witnesses in the
case.” (Id. at 2).
As explained on the record, Franke has not shown the requested spreadsheets, or
information contained therein, are relevant to the claims and defenses in this action, at least as it
currently stands. At this point, Franke is the only plaintiff; no class certification motion has been
filed. Moreover, the potential class described in the complaint is comprised exclusively of the
individuals who received the particular mailing in question, i.e, those listed on the Spreadsheet.
(Doc. #24 at ¶¶ 33, 38). Franke already has a copy of that Spreadsheet, and the court agrees with
Advantage that other spreadsheets, which contain different information about a million or more
individuals who may have received some other mailing, are not relevant to the claims of the class
referenced in Franke’s complaint. Franke was unable to direct the court to any case law which
has held to the contrary.
Accordingly, for the reasons stated above and on the record,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Franke’s Motion to Compel (Doc. #58) is DENIED.
Should Franke believe he requires the court’s permission to contact individuals identified on the
Spreadsheet, he shall submit a separate motion and proposed order to the court.
Dated: May 16, 2013
Ann Arbor, Michigan
s/David R. Grand
DAVID R. GRAND
United States Magistrate Judge
NOTICE TO THE PARTIES REGARDING OBJECTIONS
The parties’ attention is drawn to Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(a), which provides a period of
fourteen (14) days from the date of receipt of a copy of this order within which to file objections
for consideration by the district judge under 28 U.S. C. §636(b)(1).
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was served upon counsel of record
and any unrepresented parties via the Court’s ECF System to their respective email or First Class
U.S. mail addresses disclosed on the Notice of Electronic Filing on May 16, 2013.
s/T. Bankston for Felicia M. Moses
FELICIA M. MOSES
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