Nationwide Property & Casualty Insurance Company v. Brown
ORDER granting 27 Plaintiff's Motion to Compel and Extending Discovery to 1/20/2017.. Signed by District Judge Robert H. Cleland. (LWag)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
NATIONWIDE PROPERTY & CASUALTY
Case No. 15-14491
JAMES BROWN and TAMARA BROWN,
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO COMPEL AND
EXTENDING SCHEDULING ORDER
Now before the court is a Motion to Compel filed by Plaintiff Nationwide Property
& Casualty Insurance Company on December 7, 2016. (Dkt. # 27.) In its motion, Plaintiff
avers that it sent Defendants James and Tamara Brown’s counsel various
interrogatories and requests to produce dated October 27, 2016 and that Defendants
have not formally responded. (Id.) Plaintiff further states that it attempted to subpoena
medical records, but has been unable to absent signed authorizations from Defendant
James Brown, which have been repeatedly sent to Defendants’ counsel but not
returned. (Id.) Plaintiff asks the court to compel Defendants to respond to the
interrogatories and requests to produce as well as to return the signed authorizations.
(Id.) Plaintiff also asks the court to extend the scheduling order by ninety days. (Id.)
In their response filed December 14, 2016, Defendants admit Plaintiff’s factual
averments and acknowledge that they have a duty to respond to Plaintiff’s discovery
requests. (Dkt. # 30.) The response states that Defendant Tamara Brown now resides
outside of the state of Michigan, and Defendant James Brown is currently homeless and
relying on a rotating group of friends for shelter. (Id.) In any event, the response states
that signed authorizations and response will be forthcoming.
In light of Defendants’ confirmation of Plaintiff’s averments and acknowledgment
of their duty to respond, the court finds a hearing is unnecessary. LR 7.1(f)(2). The court
will grant Plaintiff’s motion, compel responses, and issue an extension to the discovery
IT IS ORDERED that “Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Defendants to Provide
Authorizations and complete Answers to Discovery and to Extend the Scheduling Order
and Notice of Hearing Theron” (Dkt. # 27) is GRANTED. Defendants are DIRECTED to
provide signed authorizations and signed responses to the above-referenced discovery
requests by Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
IT IS FURTHER OREDERED that the discovery deadline is EXTENDED until
January 20, 2017 with no other deadlines to be extended.
s/Robert H. Cleland
ROBERT H. CLELAND
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: January 6, 2017
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record
on this date, January 6, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
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Plaintiff requests a ninety-day extension of the scheduling order. The court finds that a
twenty-one day extension to the discovery deadline should suffice if the parties work
diligently and cooperatively to complete all remaining discovery and depositions.
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