Makransky v. Doto et al

Filing 63

ORDER Denying 39 Motion for District Judge to Reconsider Order. Signed by Judge James C. Mahan on 2/15/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - ADR)

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 5 *** 6 JOHN MAKRANSKY, 7 8 9 Case No. 2:16-CV-563 JCM (CWH) Plaintiff(s), ORDER v. DAVID DOTO, et al., 10 Defendant(s). 11 12 Presently before the court is defendant Jenna Wells-Doto’s motion for this court to 13 reconsider Magistrate Judge Hoffman’s denial of defendant’s request to stay discovery and grant 14 15 16 of plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery. (ECF No. 39). Plaintiff filed a response (ECF No. 42), and no reply was filed. Defendant argues that this court’s reconsideration of the magistrate judge’s order is appropriate because: (1) a potentially dispositive motion had been filed; (2) plaintiff’s claims are 17 legally untenable; (3) the magistrate judge clearly erred when granting plaintiff’s motion to 18 compel, seeking financial records spanning several years from defendant; and (4) the imposition 19 of sanctions was improper because there was substantial justification for defendant’s position. 20 (ECF No. 39). 21 The court reviews a motion to reconsider a magistrate judge’s ruling under the “clearly 22 erroneous or contrary to law” standard set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 24 25 26 72(a). “A finding is ‘clearly erroneous’ when, although there is evidence to support it, the reviewing court on the entire evidence is left with the definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been committed.” United States v. U.S. Gypsum Co., 333 U.S. 364, 395 (1948); see also Anderson v. Equifax Info. Services LLC, 2007 WL 2412249, at *1 (D. Or. 2007) (“Though Section 636(b)(1)(A) has been interpreted to permit de novo review of the legal findings of a magistrate 27 judge, magistrate judges are given broad discretion on discovery matters and should not be 28 overruled absent a showing of clear abuse of discretion.” (citation omitted)). James C. Mahan U.S. District Judge 1 On January 27, 2017, this court denied co-defendant David Doto and Jenna Wells-Doto’s 2 motion to dismiss. (ECF No. 56). Accordingly, defendant’s first two arguments are fruitless or 3 moot. 4 5 6 7 8 Next, this court found that “[t]he e-mail communications between the parties, as argued in the amended complaint, contain sufficient non-conclusory factual allegations to establish Mrs. Wells-Doto as a party to the underlying contract.” (Id. at 5). In light of the corresponding allegation that plaintiff provided money to defendants from October 2013 to April 2015, this court cannot find that the magistrate judge clearly erred by ordering discovery as to Ms. Wells-Doto’s finances over an extended period. (ECF No. 17). 9 Finally, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(a)(5)(A) provides that if a motion to compel 10 discovery is granted, “the court must . . . require the party or deponent whose conduct necessitated 11 the motion, the party or attorney advising that conduct, or both to pay the movant’s reasonable 12 expenses incurred in making the motion, including attorney’s fees.” 13 elaborates that the court cannot order payment if “the opposing party’s nondisclosure, response, 14 15 16 Rule 37(a)(5)(A)(ii) or objection was substantially justified.” Plaintiff has itemized six reasons why the magistrate’s sanctions were appropriate, and Ms. Wells-Doto has failed to address them. See (ECF No. 42). Moreover, defendant’s offered citation to Allstate Ins. Co. v. Balle, No. 2:10-CV-02205-APG-NJK, 2013 WL 4501016, at *2 (D. Nev. 17 Aug. 20, 2013), is unpersuasive because that case provides few factual details comparable to this 18 case. In light of plaintiff’s factual allegations, this court is not “left with the definite and firm 19 conviction that a mistake has been committed.” U.S. Gypsum Co., 333 U.S. at 395. 20 Accordingly, 21 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that defendant’s motion for 22 23 24 25 the district court to reconsider the magistrate judge’s order (ECF No. 39) be, and the same hereby is, DENIED. DATED February 15, 2017. __________________________________________ UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 26 27 28 James C. Mahan U.S. District Judge -2-

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