State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Elite Health Centers Inc. et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 91 Motion to Compel; granting in part and denying in part 92 Sealed Motion--Signed by Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti. (MWil)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
STATE FARM MUTUAL
Case No. 2:16-cv-13040
District Judge Sean F. Cox
Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti
ELITE HEALTH CENTERS, INC.,
ELITE CHIROPRACTIC, P.C.,
ELITE REHABILITATION, INC.,
ASSOCIATES, INC., PURE
REHABILITATION, INC., DEREK
L. BITTNER, D.C., P.C., MARK A.
RADOM, DEREK LAWRENCE
BITTNER, D.C., RYAN MATTHEW
LUKOWSKI, D.C., MICHAEL P.
DRAPLIN, D.C., NOEL H. UPFALL,
D.O., MARK J. JUSKA, M.D.,
SUPERIOR DIAGNOSTICS, INC.,
CHINTAN DESAI, M.D., MICHAEL
J. PALEY, M.D., DEARBORN
CENTER FOR PHYSICAL
THERAPY, L.L.C., MICHIGAN
CENTER FOR PHYSICAL
THERAPY, INC., and JAYSON
ORDER GRANTING IN PART STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE
INSURANCE COMPANY’S MOTION TO COMPEL DEREK BITTNER
AND MARK RADOM TO PROUCE DOCUMENTS RESPONSIVE TO ITS
DISCOVERY REQUESTS (DE 91, 92)
This matter is before the Court for consideration of Plaintiff State Farm
Mutual Automobile Association’s motion to compel Derek Bittner and Mark
Radom to produce documents responsive to its discovery requests (DE 91, 92),
Defendants Derek Bittner and Mark Radom’s response (DE 94), State Farm
Mutual’s reply (DE 96, 97), and State Farm Mutual’s Statement of Unresolved
Issues (DE 106). Judge Cox referred this motion for hearing and determination
(DE 93), and a hearing was noticed for March 8, 2018.
On the date set for hearing, attorney Peter Joelson appeared in my courtroom
and attorney Michael Rosensaft appeared by telephone, and the Court entertained
oral argument regarding the unresolved issues.
Upon consideration of the motion papers, stipulations placed on the record
and oral argument of counsel, and for all of the reasons stated on the record by the
Court, which are herein incorporated by reference, Plaintiff’s motion to compel
(DE 91, 92), as narrowed by the March 5, 2018 statement of unresolved issues (DE
106), is GRANTED IN PART as follows:
Request No. 13 to Radom, regarding federal and state
income tax returns and related documents from 2010 to the
present: Radom has produced requested documents for the
2014 and 2015 calendar years, but states that he has no other
responsive documents in his possession. He also has executed
an authorization so that State Farm Mutual can seek his
personal tax return information from the IRS. In addition,
Radom shall contact his accountant(s) within five (5) days,
instruct them to produce, forthwith, all documents responsive to
Request No. 13, and certify that contact to Plaintiff’s counsel.
Radom agrees that he will not object to a subpoena served on
his accountant(s) for the requested information, and he shall
execute any release required by the accountant(s) prior to
production of the requested documents within five (5) days of
a written request for such release.
Request No. 12 to Bittner and Radom, regarding electronic
Quickbook versions of general ledgers: Bittner and Radom
have produced a paper copy of the requested files, and shall
produce Quickbook versions of their general ledgers in
native/electronic format by March 22, 2018.
Request Nos. 7, 8, 15, 18, 21, 24-26, 31, 33, and 35 to Bittner
and Radom, regarding electronic communications:
Defendants Bittner and Radom have engaged a third party
vendor to search for and collect responsive electronic
communications, and shall produce responsive, non-privileged
electronic communications by April 16, 2018. To the extent
possible, Defendants shall produce such electronic
communications on a rolling basis, as they become available,
subject to any necessary privilege review.
Finally, as stated on the record, the Court declines to award costs to either
side, because both sides’ positions were substantially justified, the issues required
rulings from the Court, and the statement required by Local Rule 7.1(a)(2) was
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: March 8, 2018
s/Anthony P. Patti
Anthony P. Patti
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Certificate of Service
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was sent to parties of record
on March 8, 2018, electronically and/or by U.S. Mail.
Case Manager for the
Honorable Anthony P. Patti
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