Kelley v. Quality Correctional Health Care et al
ORDER DENYING motions 46 , 47 , 48 , 49 , and 50 , GRANTING motions 60 and 65 , FINDING AS MOOT motions 61 and 63 , and amending the schedule contained within the Omnibus Order 37 . Signed by Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on 1/11/18 (RBM)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
DANIEL GEORGE KELLEY
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:15-cv-843-DPJ-FKB
QUALITY CORRECTIONAL HEALTH CARE,
DR. DONALD KERN, KIM JACKSON, NURSE
JANE DOE, NURSE VICTORIA VOE, NURSE
RHONDA ROE, NURSE BETTY BOE,
and NURSE PATRICIA POE
Before the Court are the following motions filed by the plaintiff, Daniel George Kelley:
Motion to Compel Discovery , Motion for Sanctions , Motion for Sanctions , Motion
to Compel Discovery , Motion for Discovery , Motion for Contempt , Motion to
Compel Discovery , and Motion for Leave to File Amended Witness List . Also before
the Court is Defendants’ Motion for Extension of Time to File Response to Discovery .
I. Motions , , , , and 
Kelley filed motions , , , , and  on May 5, 2017.
Motions  and  are identical, with one appearing to be a photocopy of the other, and
each being filed on the same day. Motion  includes exhibits that motion  does not.
Motions  and  are also identical photocopies of one another. Motion  includes
an exhibit, however, whereas motion  does not.
Motion  is identical to, and appears to be a photocopy of, motion , which the Court
already granted in part and denied in part in an order filed May 15, 2017. See .
Order  addresses the issues which Kelley raises in motions , , , , and
. In motions  and , Kelley requests that the Court order Defendants to produce certain
documents which were the subject of motion . In motions  and , Kelley requests that
the Court impose sanctions on Defendants for having not produced the documents he sought in
motion . The Court explained in order  that Kelley had not properly requested the
discovery he sought to be produced via motion . The Court further explained that should Kelley
wish to obtain certain documents from Defendants as part of the discovery process, he must first
request the documents pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 34. . Accordingly, for the reasons already
described by the Court in its order , the Court denies motions  and . The Court also
denies motion , as the Court has previously ruled on that motion and granted the appropriate
relief. See . As motions  and  seek sanctions against Defendants for failing to respond
to discovery requests which Kelley never properly propounded, those motions are also denied.
II. Kelley’s Medical Records, Amending the Dispositive Motion Deadline,
and Motion 
The Court notes that part of the relief it granted in its May 15, 2017, order was that the
Clerk of Court subpoena Kelley’s medical records from East Mississippi Correctional Facility
(“EMCF”).  at 2. Specifically, the Court directed the Clerk of Court to “issue a subpoena
requesting the entire medical record of Plaintiff Daniel Kelley to the following: Ollie Little, Health
Services Administrator, East Mississippi Correctional Facility, 10641 Hwy. 80 W., Meridian,
Mississippi, 39301.” Id. The Clerk of Court subpoenaed the records as requested, but the subpoena
was returned unexecuted, as Ollie Little apparently no longer worked at EMCF.  and . As
the Court noted in its order, Kelley has a right to his medical records. Id. As far as the Court can
ascertain, he has not yet received copies of his medical records from EMCF. Accordingly, the
Court directs that the Clerk of Court issue another subpoena consistent with the Court’s May 15,
2017, order, but this time addressing it to the “Records Custodian,” instead of Ollie Little. The
Clerk of Court is directed to contact the undersigned’s chambers should this subpoena also be
Kelley filed a motion  requesting that the Court find the Health Services Administrator
at EMCF in contempt for not having responded to the May 15, 2017, subpoena. Kelley also
requested that the Court impose sanctions on the Health Services Administrator for not having
responded to the subpoena. Id. As the subpoena was never executed, and the Court has ordered
another to be issued seeking the same documents, the Court finds motion  to be moot.
The Court also finds that good cause exists to amend the current scheduling order. “A
schedul[ing order] may be modified only for good cause and with the judge’s consent.” Fed. R.
Civ. P. 16(b)(4). “To show good cause, the party seeking to modify the scheduling order has the
burden of showing ‘that the deadlines cannot reasonably be met despite the diligence of the party
needing the extension.’” Squyres v. Heico Cos., LLC, 782 F.3d 224, 237 (5th Cir. 2015). “There
are four relevant factors to consider when determining good cause under Rule 16(b)(4): ‘(1) the
explanation for the failure to timely [comply with the scheduling order]; (2) the importance of the
[modification]; (3) potential prejudice in allowing the [modification]; and (4) the availability of a
continuance to cure such prejudice.’ Id. (citing Meaux Surface Protection, Inc. v. Fogleman, 607
F.3d 161, 167 (5th Cir. 2010)).
As Kelley apparently never received his medical records from EMCF, the Court finds that
the deadlines for discovery, expert designations, and dispositive motions should be extended to
allow him to make use of those records should he find it necessary. The Court finds that good
cause exists for extending the discovery, expert designation, and dispositive motions deadlines.
The need for the extended deadlines was not a result of any action by Kelley, and it concerns a
potentially important production of documents. The Court can find no prejudice in extending these
deadlines and the trial date, and finds that a continuance is available to remedy Kelley’s having
not received a copy of his medical records.
III. Motion 
Defendants requested an additional fourteen (14) days to respond to Kelley’s discovery
requests, which were originally due on July 5, 2017.  at 1. Defendants retained new counsel
on June 29, 2017, and requested additional time for their new attorneys to become familiar with
the case so that they could properly respond to the discovery requests. Id. The Court finds that (1)
Defendants have shown good cause for the requested extension, (2) the requested extension is
important as it will better allow Defendants to respond more fully, (3) no prejudice will result from
the additional fourteen days to respond, and (4) an extension is available to give Defendants the
requested time to respond. Therefore, Defendants’ motion for an additional fourteen (14) days to
respond to Kelley’s discovery requests is granted. As a result of the extension, Defendants
responses were due July 19, 2017. Defendants filed a Notice of Service of Supplemental Responses
to Requests for Production on July 19, 2017.
IV. Motion 
Motion  was filed on July 26, 2017, but is dated July 7, 2017. See . In the motion,
Kelley states that he had received incomplete responses to his May 21, 2017, discovery requests.
Id. at 2. He requests that the Court enter an order requiring defendants to provide full responses to
his requests for production within fourteen days of the motion’s filing. Id.
Because Kelley dated his motion July 7, 2017, it is likely he wrote it prior to receiving
Defendants’ supplemental responses dated July 19, 2017. Additionally, on August 18, 2017,
Defendants filed a notice of service of a second supplemental response to Kelley’s requests for
production of documents. See . It seems likely that Kelley has received the discovery responses
at issue in motion  since July 7, 2017. Accordingly, the Court finds motion  to be moot.
However, if Kelley has not received the information at issue in motion , he is permitted to file
a motion to compel its production.
V. Motion 
Kelley seeks leave of the Court to file an amended witness list. Defendants have filed no
response in opposition. Therefore, the Court grants motion . Plaintiff shall file his amended
witness list by February 23, 2018.
VI. Amended Scheduling Order
For the reasons described in this Order, the Court amends the previous Omnibus Order and
sets the following deadlines: Plaintiff shall designate experts, if any, by February 23, 2018;
Defendants shall designate experts, if any, by March 16, 2018; discovery shall be completed by
April 3, 2018; and dispositive and Daubert motions shall be filed by April 17, 2018. The pretrial
conference in this matter is set for August 10, 2018, time to be determined, before District Judge
Daniel P. Jordan, III. This matter is set for a bench trial before District Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III,
for the two-week term of court commencing September 17, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., in Courtroom 5A
of the United States Courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi.
For the reasons stated above, motions , , , , and  are DENIED, motions
 and  are GRANTED, and motions  and  are found MOOT. The schedule contained
within the Omnibus Order  is amended, as set forth above.
SO ORDERED, this the 11th day of January, 2018.
/s/ F. Keith Ball
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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