Andersen v. Carver County Sheriffs Office et al
ORDER granting in part denying in part 8 Letter to Magistrate Judge. Parties are directed to Meet and Confer by 2/20/2023. Rule 26(f) Meeting Report due by 2/27/2023. See Order for additional details. Signed by Magistrate Judge Dulce J. Foster on 1/17/2023. (JC)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
Travis Clay Andersen,
Case No. 22-cv-3137 (KMM/DJF)
Carver County Sheriff’s Office et al.,
This matter is before the Court on Defendants Carvery County Sheriff’s Office and Laura
Zimmerman’s (“Defendants”) Letter to the Magistrate Judge (“Letter”) (ECF No. 8) regarding the
Court’s December 30, 2022 Order, which requires the parties to meet and confer in person or by
videoconference by January 19, 2023 and file a joint Rule 26(f) report by January 26, 2023 (ECF
No. 5). Defendants indicate that Plaintiff was recently transferred to MCF-Oak Park Heights, has
an April 18, 2023 sentencing hearing in two felony matters, and is awaiting trial in four other
criminal matters. (See ECF No. 8.) Defendants argue that due to Plaintiff’s incarceration, meeting
and conferring with him in person or by telephone “may not be possible. If possible, it will be
difficult and time consuming to arrange.” (Id.) They ask the Court to amend its December 30,
2022 Order to excuse them from compliance with the meet and confer requirement. (Id.)
Alternatively, Defendants ask the Court to allow the parties to meet and confer by mail and to
extend the Rule 26(f) meeting report deadline to facilitate meeting and conferring by mail. (Id.)
The Court construes the Letter as a motion to amend the Court’s Order (ECF No. 5). While
the Court recognizes it may be more difficult and time-consuming for Defendants to meet and
confer with Plaintiff than a typical non-incarcerated party, that in itself does not obviate the
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essential need for the parties to meet and confer directly with each other—not only at the Rule
26(f) conference, but throughout the course of the litigation. Moreover, the Letter suggests
Defendants have not actually even attempted to meet and confer with Plaintiff, but only speculate
that doing so may be impossible or difficult simply because he is incarcerated. The Court has many
cases involving litigants who are incarcerated and observes that except in rare circumstances—
none of which Defendants have identified here—opposing counsel almost always manages to find
a way to comply with the Court’s meet and confer requirements.
The Court recognizes Plaintiff’s circumstances make this task more cumbersome, however.
The Court thus finds good cause under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(b) to extend the meet and confer deadline
to February 20, 2023, to extend the deadline for filing the Rule 26(f) report to February 27, 2023,
and to permit compliance with the meet and confer requirement by telephone. Defendants’ motion
is otherwise denied.
Based on the foregoing, and on all of the files, records, and proceedings herein, IT IS
HEREBY ORDERED THAT Defendants’ Carvery County Sheriff’s Office and Laura
Zimmerman’s motion to amend (ECF No. ) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART
The parties are directed to Meet and Confer by February 20, 2023. The parties’ joint
Rule 26(f) Meeting Report and Confidential Letters are due by February 27, 2023;
The parties must meet and confer by video, in person or by telephone.
All other deadlines established under the Court’s orders remain in full force and effect.
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Dated: January 17, 2023
s/ Dulce J. Foster
Dulce J. Foster
United States Magistrate Judge
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