St. Louis Heart Center, Inc. v. Vein Centers for Excellence, Inc.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER. (see order for details) IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant's motion for leave to conduct limited class discovery [# 49 ] is denied without prejudice. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defendant may file another motion for class discovery no later than April 11, 2014. Plaintiff shall file any brief in opposition no later than April 24, 2014, and defendant must file any reply brief no later than May 2, 2014. Signed by District Judge Catherine D. Perry on 03/11/2014. (CBL)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
ST. LOUIS HEART CENTER, INC.,
individually and on behalf of all others
VEIN CENTERS FOR EXCELLENCE, )
Case No. 4:12 CV 174 CDP
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
On December 11, 2013, I granted plaintiff’s motion to certify a class under
the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(1)(C). At a
subsequent scheduling conference, defendant informed me that it might wish to
conduct class discovery, so I set a schedule for briefs on that issue. Defendant
timely filed its motion seeking class discovery, which plaintiff opposes.
In its motion, defendant describes generally the topics about which it seeks
information. Plaintiff objects that the request is too vague, and objects generally
that class discovery should not be allowed because the class has already been
certified. In its reply, defendant provides a list of example questions it might wish
to ask absent class members. Although it may be that some class discovery is
appropriate, I cannot determine the extent to which defendant may be able to seek
discovery because defendant has not set out precisely the discovery it seeks or
from whom it seeks the discovery. It is also apparent that the parties have not
sufficiently met and conferred to attempt to resolve or narrow this dispute, as
required by Local Rule 37-3.04. As such, I will deny defendant’s motion without
If the parties are unable to reach an agreement about what specific discovery
defendant is entitled to, defendant may file another motion seeking class discovery.
Defendant states that it is “willing to meet and confer with class counsel” to
discuss “possible methodologies for conducting class discovery and the potential
size and scope of the requests.” It should do that before filing a new motion for
class discovery. Defendant also should attach to the motion the discovery requests
it wishes to propound or, in the case of depositions, describe the topics in detail.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant’s motion for leave to conduct
limited class discovery [#49] is denied without prejudice.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defendant may file another motion for
class discovery no later than April 11, 2014. Plaintiff shall file any brief in
opposition no later than April 24, 2014, and defendant must file any reply brief no
later than May 2, 2014.
CATHERINE D. PERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 11th day of March, 2014.
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