Carraway v. Communications International, Inc. et al
ORDER REGARDING DISCOVERY DISPUTE. The parties are noticed that Defendants' video deposition of Plaintiff is to occur on May 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Signed on 4/20/16 by Chief District Judge Greg Kays. (Francis, Alexandra)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
CYNTHIA L. CARRAWAY,
INC., et al.,
ORDER REGARDING DISCOVERY DISPUTE
This matter is before the Court on a discovery dispute. Pursuant to Local Rule 37.1(a),
the Court has reviewed briefs submitted by the parties. Finding a telephone conference is not
necessary to resolve this dispute, the Court now rules as follows.
The parties cannot agree on Plaintiff’s deposition date. They tentatively agreed to depose
her on April 11. After Defendants noticed Plaintiff’s deposition, she wanted to reschedule for
two reasons. First, she had recently been sick with pneumonia and was trying to catch up at
work. Second, she wanted to wait and see if the Court will allow her to amend her complaint to
join the Missouri Highways & Transportation Commission (“MHTC”); she wants to avoid
having the MHTC come and depose her for a second time. Plaintiff’s attorney tried to work out
a new date with Defendants’ attorney, but he would not agree on a new date because he wanted
to depose her before the April 27 mediation.
The Court is disheartened by the attorneys’ failure to resolve this issue without judicial
intervention. In particular, Defendants’ attorneys apparently refused to confer over the phone
with Plaintiff’s attorney despite several requests to do so. Instead, one of Defendants’ attorneys
wrote, “You don’t dictate to me when or to whom I talk to.” At another point, he wrote,
“Frankly I don’t really think you are due my respect. . . . I have been civil to you though I
seriously question why.”
For “good cause,” the Court may enter a protective order forbidding a deposition until a
Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c)(1)(B).
The Court believes that this breakdown in
communication—and civility—is good cause to simply pick a date for Plaintiff’s deposition.
The Court appreciates Plaintiff’s concerns about the deposition being too early and Defendants’
concerns about the deposition needing to occur as soon as possible, but at this time does not find
those concerns well-taken.
The Court reminds the attorneys that the KCMBA Principles of Civility, as incorporated
into the Court’s Rule 16 notice (Doc. 6), apply to this action. Those principles require the
attorneys to “respect the time and schedule of others and work cooperatively in scheduling all
matters.” The email exchanges before the Court do not reflect such respect or cooperation.
Pursuant to Rule 26(c)(1)(B), the parties are noticed that Defendants’ video deposition of
Plaintiff is to occur on May 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Carey Law Firm, LLC, 229 SE Douglas
St., Suite 210, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64063.
The Court will change this date only under extraordinary circumstances. Alternatively,
the parties may mutually agree to Plaintiff’s deposition at a different time or place. If they do so,
Defendants must file a new deposition notice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
April 20, 2016
/s/ Greg Kays
GREG KAYS, CHIEF JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?