Schoenherr v. Smith et al
ORDER Granting 28 Defendant's Motion to Compel Plaintiff's Responses to Interrogatories, To Compel Plaintiff's Responses to Requests for Production of Documents, and to Compel Plaintiff's Signature on all Necessary Medical Authorization Forms and Setting Hearing For Attorney Fees Purusuant to Fed R Civ P 37. Signed by District Judge Gershwin A. Drain. (Bankston, T)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
HON. GERSHWIN A. DRAIN
Clay Township Officer, et al.
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO COMPEL PLAINTIFF’S
RESPONSES TO INTERROGATORIES, TO COMPEL PLAINTIFF’S RESPONSES TO
REQUESTS FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS, AND TO COMPEL PLAINTIFF’S
SIGNATURE ON ALL NECESSARY MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION FORMS AND
SETTING HEARING FOR ATTORNEY FEES PURSUANT TO FED. R. CIV. P. 37
On September 26, 2012, Plaintiff filed the instant § 1983 claim alleging violations of:
Fourth Amendment -Illegal search and seizure (Count I), Assault and Battery (Count II),
and Trespassing (Count III). On or about June 17, 2011, Plaintiff called the police to make
a complaint on account of smoke entering his home because of a neighbor’s bonfire. When
police arrived, they asked Plaintiff if they could enter his home, and Plaintiff declined. The
police then went to the neighbor's home to investigate the complaint. Shortly thereafter, the
police allegedly returned to Plaintiff's home and pushed their way into the premises to
The police allegedly forced Plaintiff to the ground, face-first, and handcuffed him.
Plaintiff complained numerous times that he had a heart condition and that the handcuffs
were too tight. Police called an ambulance after Plaintiff complained of chest pains and that
he was having trouble breathing. Plaintiff contends that once he was taken away in an
ambulance, when he returned home, the officers appeared to have conducted an illegal
search of his home.
Plaintiff maintains he has suffered severe and permanent injuries to his shoulders
and collarbone, shock, emotional damage, and economic harm, as a result of the police
Presently before the Court are various pretrial motions by Defendants. The time
period for briefing has passed, and Plaintiff has failed to file a response. For the reasons
that follow Defendants’ Motion is GRANTED.
On February 11, 2013, Defendants served Plaintiff with their First Set of
Interrogatories, which were due on or before March 13, 2013. See Mot., Dkt. No. 28, Ex.1.
On February 26, 2013, Defendants served Plaintiff with their First Request for Production
of Documents, which were due on or before March 28, 2013. Defendants have made
multiple written and in-person requests for the outstanding discovery to no avail. See Mot.,
Dkt. No. 28, Ex. 4; Reply, Dkt. No. 24, pg. 5, n.4; see also Mot., Dkt. No. 28, pg. 2-3.
Defendants have also subpoenaed medical records from St. John River District
Hospital, Tri- County EMS, and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, all of which require Medical
Authorization Forms (“MAFs”) and a Letter Requesting Authorization (“LRA”) that must be
signed by Plaintiff. Defendants sent two authorization forms to Plaintiff on February 18,
2013, and one on February 20, 2013, and Plaintiff has yet to provide the necessary
The Court issued a scheduling order on this matter on January 28, 2013, and
discovery was due by June 27, 2013. Per request of the parties, the Court has extended
the scheduling order dates by ninety days extending the discovery cutoff date to September
III. LAW & ANALYSIS
Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(1) provides in relevant part that “a party may move for an
order compelling disclosure or discovery. The motion must include a certification that
the movant has in good faith conferred or attempted to confer with the person or party
failing to make disclosure or discovery in an effort to obtain it without court action.”
Here, Defendants have shown good-faith attempts to obtain the outstanding
discovery requests and Medical Authorization Forms from Plaintiff. Defendants have
made multiple written and in-person attempts to get the outstanding discovery and
medical authorizations and Plaintiff still has not complied. Even after Defendants
mentioned Plaintiff’s dilatory behavior regarding current outstanding discovery requests
herein, Plaintiff was not inclined to comply.
Accordingly, the Court hereby,
ORDERS Plaintiff to respond to Defendants’ Interrogatories within seven (7) days
of the date of this order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff respond to Defendants’ Requests for
Production within seven (7) days of the date of this order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff sign the Medical Authorization release
forms for St. John River District, Tri-County EMS, and Henry Ford Macomb County
within seven (7) days of the date of this order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 37 (a)(5)(A) the
Court will hold oral argument on Defendants’ request for reasonable attorney fees
incurred as a result of having to bring the present motion on July 22, 2013. The parties
shall submit briefs and documentary support for their respective positions no later than
July 17, 2013.
Dated: July 9, 2013
S/Gershwin A. Drain
GERSHWIN A. DRAIN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
July 9, 2013, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
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