Wilson et al v. The Service Companies et al
ORDER denying 43 Motion to Compel. Telephonic Status Conference set for 10/18/2017 11:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden. Plaintiffs' counsel must arrange and initiate the call. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden on 10/16/17. (bfg)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
ALMA DENISE WILSON, ET AL.
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:16-CV-271-DMB-JMV
THE SERVICE COMPANIES, ET AL.
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO COMPEL
Before the Court is the Plaintiffs’ Motion To Compel Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions of
Defendants . For the reasons outlined below, the motion is DENIED.
Plaintiffs have filed this motion pursuant to FED.R.CIV.P. 30(b)(6) seeking an order
compelling Defendants to comply with Plaintiffs’ Notices to take Depositions of “The Service
Companies and Full Service Systems Corporation” dated September 13, 2017. Plaintiffs’ counsel
attached to the motion email correspondence with opposing counsel requesting dates on which the
Defendants would be available to for the depositions.
The Court notes two deficiencies in the instant discovery motion: (1) the motion is
unaccompanied by the Good Faith Certificate required by L.U.Civ.R. 37(a) and (2) even if the
motion were accompanied by a Good Faith Certificate, the motion was still filed in violation of
Case Management Order, Section F. #4.
In particular, emails are not a sufficient indication of a good faith effort in compliance with
the Local Rule and may not be submitted in lieu of a Good Faith Certificate. Rule 37 states in part:
“A Good Faith Certificate… must be filed with all discovery motions.” L.U.Civ.R. 37(a) (emphasis
added). Further, should the a Plaintiff wish to illustrate Defendant’s lack of cooperation or
responsiveness to efforts to prepare a Good Faith Certificate, the rule states that in that case, “the
filed motion must be accompanied by an affidavit or a 28 U.S.C. § 1746 declaration by the moving
party detailing the lack of cooperation and requesting appropriate sanctions.” L.U.Civ.R. 37(a)
(emphasis added). The attached emails are not a sufficient indication of a Defendant’s lack of
cooperation and may not be submitted in lieu of an affidavit or a 28 U.S.C. § 1746 declaration as
required by the Rule.
Finally, according to the April 12, 2017 Case Management Order, duly checked as
indicated below, the parties are required, after an unsuccessful Good Faith Conference but before
filing a discovery motion, to confer with the Court regarding any discovery disputes, pursuant to
FED.R.CIV.P. 16. See below:
✔ 4. The court desires to avoid the necessity of filing written discovery motions where court participation
in an informal discussion of the issue might resolve it, even after the parties have been unsuccessful in
a good faith attempt to do so.
Consequently, before a party may serve any discovery motion, counsel must first confer in good faith
as required by F.R. Civ. P. 37(a)(1). If the attorney conference does not resolve the dispute, counsel
must contact the chambers of the magistrate judge to request a telephonic conference to discuss the
issue as contemplated by F.R. Civ.P. 16(b)(3)(B)(v). Only if the telephonic conference with the judge
is unsuccessful in resolving the issue may a party file a discovery motion.
Only after an unsuccessful conference with the Magistrate Judge shall a party file a discovery
motion. There has been no such conference held with the Magistrate Judge regarding this matter.
Therefore the motion is not proper.
For these reasons, the instant motion is denied. The parties are advised that the issue of
scheduling the 30(b)(6) depositions will be taken up at a telephonic status conference to be
promptly set by the court hereafter.
SO ORDERED this 16th day of October, 2017.
/s/ Jane M. Virden
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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