Brower v. Sprouts Farmers Market, LLC et al
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Laura Fashing granting 64 Motion to Compel Physical Inspection. (ccp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
Case No. 1:16-cv-01334 SMV-LF
SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, LLC,
and JOHN DOE,
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO COMPEL PHYSICAL INSPECTION
THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Physical
Inspection (Doc. 64), filed on July 5, 2017. Defendant Sprouts Farmers Market, LLC filed a
response (Doc. 70), and plaintiff filed a reply (Doc. 77). Plaintiff moves the Court to compel
defendant to allow her expert to inspect the entryway of the Sprout’s store where plaintiff
tripped. Having considered the submissions of the parties and the relevant law, the Court finds
the motion is well-taken and will grant the motion.
This dispute stems from defendant’s denial of plaintiff’s request to allow her expert,
Russell Kendzior, to inspect the Sprouts store where plaintiff tripped. Plaintiff states that her
expert needs to inspect the store “to confirm the layout of the store and the placement of the
mat, and to take photographs and measurements of the area.” Doc. 64 at 2. Defendant objects
on the basis that the inspection will take place after Mr. Kendzior has already submitted his
expert report, and argues that the inspection is outside of the “scope of allowable discovery.”
Doc. 70 at 2–3.
Physical inspection of premises is governed by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(a)(2),
(a) In General. A party may serve on any other party a request within the scope of
(2) to permit entry onto designated land or other property possessed or
controlled by the responding party, so that the requesting party may
inspect, measure, survey, photograph, test, or sample the property or any
designated object or operation on it.
Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1),
. . . . Parties may obtain discovery regarding any nonprivileged matter that is
relevant to any party's claim or defense and proportional to the needs of the case,
considering the importance of the issues at stake in the action, the amount in
controversy, the parties' relative access to relevant information, the parties'
resources, the importance of the discovery in resolving the issues, and whether the
burden or expense of the proposed discovery outweighs its likely benefit.
Information within this scope of discovery need not be admissible in evidence to
The request to inspect the premises is within the scope of Rule 26, and is clearly relevant
and proportional to the needs of the case. The Court will, therefore, permit the inspection. The
Court does not address whether the information gleaned from this inspection will be admissible
in evidence, or whether Mr. Kendzior will be permitted to supplement or modify his expert
report. Those issues are not ripe, and are not properly before the Court on this motion.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that plaintiff Erlinda Brower’s Motion to Compel
Physical Inspection (Doc. 64) is GRANTED.
United States Magistrate Judge
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