McFarlin v. Dittrich et al
ORDER Denying Plaintiff's 42 Motion to Compel; finding as moot Defendants' 47 Motion to Quash; and finding as moot 48 Motion to Quash--Signed by Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti. (MWil)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 2:16-cv-12536
District Judge Gershwin A. Drain
Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti
THE WORD ENTERPRISES, L.L.C., et
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S JULY 13, 2017 MOTION (DE 42) and
DENYING AS MOOT DEFENDANTS’ AND NON-PARTY HUNGRY
HOWIE’S PIZZA’S MOTIONS TO QUASH (DEs 47, 48)
In Plaintiff’s own words, this lawsuit alleges that “Defendants’ Failure to
Reasonably Reimburse Automobile Expenses Causes Minimum Wage
Violations[.]” (DE 1 at 5.) Defendants are: (1) The Word Enterprises, LLC, (2)
The Word Enterprises, Haslett, LLC, (3) The Word Enterprises Lansing, LLC, (4)
The Word Enterprises Owosso, LLC, (5) The Word Enterprises Perry, LLC, (6)
The Word Enterprises St. Johns, LLC, and (7) Kevin Dittrich.
Currently before the court are three discovery motions, each of which has
been referred to me for hearing and determination:
Plaintiff’s July 13, 2017 motion to compel driver and ownership
information, for supplemental class notice and certification period,
and for costs (DE 42), regarding which a response and reply have
been filed (DEs 55, 62)
Defendants’ July 21, 2017 motion to quash subpoenas issued by
Plaintiff to third-parties (DE 47), in which non-party Magna Services,
Ltd. has joined (DE 50) and regarding which a response and reply
have been filed (DEs 63, 69)
Non-party Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs, Inc.’s motion to quash
subpoena and for protective order (DE 48), in which non-party Magna
Services, Ltd. has joined (DE 50) and regarding which a response and
reply have been filed (DEs 65, 70)
(DEs 44, 49, 58.)
A hearing was held on August 18, 2017, at which attorneys David M.
Blanchard, Jeffrey S. Theuer, Patrick C. Lannen and Michelle Harrell appeared.
After entertaining oral argument, the Court denied Plaintiff’s July 13, 2017 motion
to compel from the bench. The Court then took a brief recess, during which
counsel for the parties were directed to discuss the motions to quash and the impact
of the bench ruling upon the scope of the subpoenas in question. The Court
reconvened, and, after some colloquy, Plaintiff’s counsel withdrew the underlying
subpoenas to Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs, Inc. (DEs 47-1, 48-1) and Magna
Services Group, Ltd. (DE 47-2), thus mooting out the motions to quash.
Accordingly, for the reasons stated on the record, all of which are hereby
incorporated by this reference as though fully restated herein, Plaintiff’s July 13,
2017 motion to compel driver and ownership information, for supplemental class
notice and certification period, and for costs (DE 42) is DENIED. The motions to
quash (DEs 47, 48) are DENIED AS MOOT.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: August 21, 2017
s/Anthony P. Patti
ANTHONY P. PATTI
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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on August 21, 2017, electronically and/or by U.S. Mail.
Case Manager for the
Honorable Anthony P. Patti
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