Dixon v. Ford Motor Company et al
ORDER Resolving in part and Granting in part Defendant's 55 Motion to Compel--Signed by Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti. (MWil)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
EUNIECE LaSHAWN DIXON,
Case No. 5:16-cv-14124
District Judge Judith E. Levy
Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti
FORD MOTOR COMPANY,
ORDER RESOLVING AND GRANTING IN PART DEFENDANT FORD
MOTOR COMPANY’S MOTION TO COMPEL PLAINTIFF TO
RESPOND TO DEFENDANT’S FIRST REQUESTS TO PRODUCE, TO
ADDRESS THE PROTECTIVE ORDER, AND FOR SANCTIONS (DE 55)
This matter came before the Court for consideration of Defendant Ford
Motor Company’s motion to compel Plaintiff to respond to Defendant’s first
requests to produce, to address the protective order, and for sanctions (DE 55),
Plaintiff’s response in opposition (DE 58), Defendant’s reply (DE 59), and the
parties’ joint statement of resolved and unresolved issues (DE 65).
Defendant’s motion came before the Court for a hearing on July 18, 2018, at
which attorney Julia Turner Baumhart and Plaintiff Euniece LaShawn Dixon
appeared. After engaging in a meet and confer conference in the courtroom at the
Court’s direction, Plaintiff and counsel for Defendant informed the Court that they
had resolved several of the matters that had been the subject of Defendant’s
motion. Plaintiff and counsel for Defendant placed a stipulation as to these
resolved matters on the record. In addition, during the hearing, the parties agreed
to and executed the Revised Stipulated Protective Order attached as Exhibit L to
Defendant’s motion, which has been entered by the Court as DE 68.
For the reasons stated on the record, and consistent with my findings and
reasoning stated on the record, all of which are incorporated by reference as though
fully restated herein, Defendant’s motion to compel (DE 55) is RESOLVED and
GRANTED IN PART as follows:
1. Plaintiff states that she has located additional documents responsive to
Defendant Ford’s First Requests to Produce, including Facebook
entries, Blue Cross Blue Shield invoices for Dr. Kim Logan, and her
contract with former defendant Managed Asset Portfolios (MAP).
Plaintiff will produce these documents to Defendant by July 31, 2018.
2. Plaintiff states that she has produced the only audio recordings/files
she has with Ford Labor Relations personnel, and that there are no
other such recordings. She further represented that she has not
withheld any documents on the basis of privilege up to this point.
3. Plaintiff will produce documents and records she has relating to Dr.
Leon Rubenfaer, by July 31, 2018.
4. Plaintiff will provide written responses to Defendant Ford’s Second
Requests to Produce, without objections, and produce all responsive,
non-financial documents, by July 31, 2018. If Plaintiff does not have
documents responsive to a request, she shall state that in her written
5. Plaintiff will produce all audio recordings/files in her possession
involving: (a) the Saint Clair Police Department; and (b) Dr. Kim
Logan, by July 31, 2018. She may designate these or other
documents to be produced as confidential under the protective order if
she believes that there is a good faith basis for doing so. Plaintiff is
precluded from relying on or using any audio recordings/files she does
not timely produce.
Finally, although Defendant originally requested monetary sanctions in the
amount of $1,140 (4 hours x $285/hour) in its motion, at the hearing Defendant
appeared to withdraw that request and only seek a ruling precluding Plaintiff from
relying on any documents not yet produced in her response to Defendant’s pending
motion for summary judgment. That requested sanction is granted and Plaintiff is
PRECLUDED from using or relying on any documents not yet produced in her
response to Defendant’s pending motion for summary judgment (DE 63). Any
documents or things which are required to be produced pursuant to this Order and
which are not produced in accordance with the deadlines established herein shall
not be used by Plaintiff for any purpose at trial.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: July 19, 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 July 19, 2018, electronically and/or by U.S. Mail.
Case Manager for the
Honorable Anthony P. Patti
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