Friedman v. Fishkin
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER that the plaintiff's 6 Motion for Leave, 7 Motion for Court to Enter a Litigation Hold, and 29 Motion to Enter a Progression Order are denied. Defendant's 17 Motion to Seal and 24 Motion to Seal ar e granted in part. The Clerk of the court is directed to restrict public access to Filing Nos. 20 and 26. Plaintiff's 28 Motion for Extension of Time to File a Responsive Pleading is granted. In the event Plaintiff wishes to file a response to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss 22 , he must do so no later than October 16, 2012. Ordered by Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (Copy e-mailed to pro se party)(ADB)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
BRUCE RICHARD FRIEDMAN,
HOWARD H. FISHKIN,
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Commence
Discovery (filing no. 6) and Motion for Court to Enter A Litigation Hold and/or
Preservation Order on Defendant (filing no. 7). Also pending are two Motions to
Seal, filed by Defendant. (Filing No. 17; Filing No. 24.)
In his Motion for Leave to Commence Discovery, Plaintiff seeks leave to serve
discovery on Defendant prior to the court’s issuance of a progression order. (Filing
No. 6.) Such leave is sought because Plaintiff believes discovery “will take
considerable time to complete,” because Plaintiff believes that Defendant may “evade
proper discovery,” and because Plaintiff anticipates that the court “will hear multiple
motions to compel, motions to quash and motions for sanctions.” (Id.) Thus,
“judicial economy” would be served by allowing Plaintiff to commence discovery
early. (Id. at CM/ECF p. 2.) The court has carefully reviewed the record and finds
no good cause for the commencement of discovery prior to the issuance of a
progression order. This is especially true where, as here, Defendant has already filed
a motion to dismiss asserting defenses such as lack of personal jurisdiction and lack
of subject matter jurisdiction. (Filing No. 22.) Thus, no discovery is warranted prior
to the court’s resolution of the pending Motion to Dismiss.1
Plaintiff also filed a Motion to Enter Progression Order, which is nearly identical to the
Motion for Leave to Commence Discovery. (Filing No. 29.) For the same reasons, the Motion to
Enter Progression Order is also denied.
Plaintiff also seeks an order from the court requiring Defendant to “preserve
and hold any documents, electronic or otherwise which may be discoverable until the
conclusion of this case.” (Filing No. 7 at CM/ECF p. 1.) Plaintiff also mailed a
“litigation hold notice” to Defendant within a few days of filing his Complaint in this
matter. (Filing No. 7-1 at CM/ECF p. 1.) Defendant is presumably complying with
the “litigation hold notice,” and there is nothing before the court showing otherwise.
As such, the court need not get involved. However, Defendant is cautioned that his
failure to comply with the “litigation hold notice,” and/or his obligations under the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the court’s Local Rules, may result in sanctions.
Also pending are Defendant’s Motions to Seal. (Filing No. 17; Filing No. 24.)
In these Motions, Defendant seeks to restrict access to several documents submitted
in conjunction with Plaintiff’s Motion to Disqualify and Defendant’s Motion to
Dismiss. (Filing No. 17; Filing No. 24.) The documents contain privileged and
confidential information relating to a separate proceeding before the Nebraska
Counsel on Discipline. (Filing No. 17 at CM/ECF p. 1; Filing No. 24 at CM/ECF p.
1.) The court has carefully reviewed the documents and finds that, for good cause
shown and in accordance with the court’s Local Rules, the Motions to Seal are
granted in part. It is apparent from Defendant’s Motions that the defendant seek
restriction of public access to the documents. Thus, rather than sealing the requested
documents, the court will restrict access to the documents pursuant to NeCivR
According to the Clerk of the court, a sealed document does not appear on the public docket
sheet at all. However, a restricted document appears on the public docket sheet as a docket entry,
but the document is not viewable to the public. In this matter, Defendant does not seek to conceal
from the public the filing of the documents, but the content only. As such, restriction, rather than
sealing, is the appropriate remedy.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Commence Discovery (filing no. 6),
Motion for Court to Enter A Litigation Hold and/or Preservation Order on Defendant
(filing no. 7), and Motion to Enter Progression Order (filing no. 29) are denied.
Defendant’s Motions to Seal (filing no. 17; filing no. 24) are granted in
The Clerk of the court is directed to restrict public access to Filing Nos.
20 and 26.
Plaintiff’s Motion for Extension of Time (filing no. 28) is granted. In
the event Plaintiff wishes to file a response to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss (filing
no. 22), he must do so no later than October 16, 2012.
DATED this 21st day of September, 2012.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Joseph F. Bataillon
United States District Judge
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