Exobox Technologies Corp. v. Tsambis
ORDER that 263 Motion to Compel is DENIED. Signed by Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach on 3/9/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
EXOBOX TECHNOLOGIES CORP,
Case No. 2:14–cv–501–RFB–VCF
ZACHARY TSAMBIS; et.al.,
Before the court are Tsbamis’s motion to compel (ECF No. 263), Exobox’s reponse (ECF No.
269), and Tsambis’s reply (ECF No. 272). For the reasons stated below, Tsambis’s motion is denied.
“Neither the Federal Rules, Local Rules, nor Scheduling Order establishes a specific deadline
for filing discovery motions.” Krause v. Nevada Mut. Ins. Co., No. 2:12-cv-342-JCM-CWH, 2014 WL
428675 at *2 (D.Nev. Feb. 4, 2014). “It has, however, long been the policy in th[e] District [of Nevada]
that, absent unusual circumstances, discovery motions should be filed before the scheduled date for
filing dispositive motions.” Id.
In his motion to compel, Tsambis “requests the appearance of Exobox’s true control person.”1
(ECF No. 263 at 20) The court interprets this as a request for the court to find that Exobox did not meet
its obligation to provide an adequately knowledgeable and prepared corporate designee for Exobox’s
Rule 30(b)(6) deposition. Ordinarily, the court would read the transcript from the Rule 30(b)(6)
Tsambis also made four other requests. (ECF No. 263) These requests include “help in determining the source of funds
used to sue shareholder defendants” and render “null and void the appointment of Irvine as the Chief Executive [of Exobox].”
(Id.) Such requests are not appropriate for a motion to compel.
deposition to determine if the witness’s responses demonstrated a lack of preparation or knowledge.
Great American Ins. Co. of New York v. Vegas Const. Co. Inc., 251 F.R.D. 534, 542 (D.Nev. 2008).
However, this is not an ordinary situation. Dispositive motions were due on October 15, 2015.
(ECF No. 149). Neither party moved to extend this deadline. The instant motion was filed on February
1, 2017, approximately fifteen months after the deadline to file dispositive motions. (ECF No. 263).
Even after Exobox brought this substantial delay to Tsambis’s attention, (ECF No. 269), he still did not
address why he waited over a year to file his motion to compel.2 (ECF No. 272)
ACCORDINGLY, and for good cause shown,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Tsambis’s motion to compel (ECF No. 263) is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED this 9th day of March, 2017.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
As best the court can gather, Tsambis argues that any delay should be excused due to his pro se status. (Id.) Tsambis was
allowed to proceed pro se in December 12, 2016. Even if Tsambis needed time to personally review the discovery after
assuming pro se status, it still would not excuse a nearly three-month delay in bringing his motion to compel, especially after
discovery had closed and the dispositive motion deadline had passed. See Agarwal v. Oregon Mut. Ins. Co., No. 2:11-cv1384-LDG-CWH, 2013 WL 211093 at *5 (Jan. 18, 2013); see also Christmas v. MERS, No. 2:09-cv-1389-RLH-GWF, 2010
WL 2695662 at *2 (D.Nev. July 2, 2010).
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