Thurmond v. Southfield, City of et al
ORDER DENYING DEFENDANTS' 150 Motion to Dismiss for Discovery Violations - Signed by Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen. (CCie)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
DAWAN PIERCE THURMOND,
Case No. 15-13167
District Judge Laurie J. Michelson
Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen
CITY OF SOUTHFIELD, et al.,
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO DISMISS FOR DISCOVERY VIOLATIONS
Before the Court is Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Discovery Violations
[Doc. #150]. Plaintiff, who filed this case pro se, has survived dismissal as to
Fourth Amendment/Sec. 1983 claims against Southfield Police Sgt. Porter. All
other claims and all other Defendants have been dismissed. In addition, the Court
has entered orders conditionally assigning pro bono counsel and staying further
proceedings until counsel is procured.
The dismissal of all but one of the Defendants and two of the claims will
undoubtedly narrow the scope of discovery. Moreover, as it is apparent that
Plaintiff himself has only a sketchy understanding of the Rules of Civil Procedure,
discovery will almost certainly proceed more smoothly and efficiently when he has
the assistance of counsel. Therefore, the Court is not persuaded that dismissal is an
appropriate sanction at this time. Of course, if problems persist, or if the Court is
unable to procure pro bono counsel to represent Plaintiff, reconsideration of
sanctions might be appropriate.
Accordingly, Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Discovery Violations
[Doc. #150] is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.1
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/R. Steven Whalen
R. STEVEN WHALEN
United States Magistrate Judge
Dated: March 20, 2017
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was sent to parties of record on
March 20, 2017, electronically and/or by U.S. mail.
s/Carolyn M. Ciesla
Although the motion is framed as a “motion to dismiss,” I am not granting
dispositive relief. I therefore proceed by Order under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A),
rather than Report and Recommendation under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B). See BellFlowers v. Progressive Ins. Co., 2005 WL 3434818, at * 1, 2 n. 1 (W.D.Tenn.
Dec.13, 2005) (“The majority of courts to consider the issue have concluded that
when a party brings a motion for discovery sanctions, the sanction chosen by the
magistrate judge, rather than the sanction sought by the moving party, governs the
magistrate judge's authority over the motion.” (citing cases)); Coleman v. Canton
Township, 2010 WL 3906015, *1 (E.D.Mich.2010) (“a party's characterization of a
motion as being ‘dispositive’ or ‘nondispositive’ does not make it so”); Beattie v.
CenturyTel, Inc., 2009 WL 5066676, *1 (E.D.Mich.2009).
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