McConnell v. The GEO Group, Inc. et al
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Laura Fashing denying 64 Motion to Compel without prejudice. (cda)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
THE GEO GROUP, INC., et. al.
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO COMPEL WITHOUT PREJUDICE
THIS MATTER comes before the Court on defendant The GEO Group, Inc.’s (“GEO”)
motion to compel plaintiff Rick McConnell to respond to its first set of requests for production.
Doc. 64. Plaintiff filed a response to the motion (Doc. 65), and GEO filed a notice of completion
of briefing without filing a reply (Doc. 66). Having read the parties’ submissions and being fully
advised in the premises, the Court finds that GEO’s motion is not well taken at this time and
denies it without prejudice.
GEO served McConnell with requests for production on September 22, 2016. Doc. 52.
Five days later, on September 27, 2016, defendants James Rigdon, John Sanchez, Anthony
Romero, Joseph Garcia, and Kimber Bonilla (“State Defendants”) filed a motion to dismiss
based on qualified immunity (Doc. 53), and a corresponding motion to stay discovery (Doc. 54).
The State Defendants noted that McConnell opposed the stay of discovery. Doc. 54 at 1.
McConnell’s responses to GEO’s discovery requests were due on October 25, 2016, but no
responses were forthcoming, and McConnell did not seek an extension of time to respond or a
protective order. Doc. 64 at 1–2. After the motion to stay was fully briefed, the Court issued its
order staying discovery on November 7, 2016, pending a determination of the State Defendants’
motion to dismiss. Doc. 63. On November 9, 2016—two days after the stay was in place—GEO
filed the instant motion to compel.
In its motion, GEO argues that McConnell should be compelled to respond because his
responses were due prior to the Court staying the case. Doc. 64 at 2. McConnell argues that he
should not have to respond to the discovery requests because judicial efficiency and economy are
not served by requiring him to respond while the motion to stay was pending. Doc. 65 at 2.
Trial courts have broad discretion in managing discovery matters and are subject to
review only for abuse of discretion. S.E.C. v. Merrill Scott & Assocs., Ltd., 600 F.3d 1262, 1271
(10th Cir. 2010). The Court will not address the merits of GEO’s motion to compel at this time
because discovery is stayed. The Court will address any discovery issues once the stay is lifted.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that defendant The GEO Group, Inc.’s motion to compel
plaintiff Rick McConnell to respond to its first set of requests for production (Doc. 64) is denied
without prejudice. The GEO Group, Inc., may resubmit its motion, if necessary, once the stay is
United States Magistrate Judge
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