Cannon v. Correctional Medical Care, Inc. et al
ORDER: In light of the discussion held at the August 15 and 16 Conferences, the Scheduling Order is amended as follows: 1) Status Report is due on or before August 25, 2017, wherein the parties shall provide the Court with the dates of any outstanding deposition; 2) Discovery deadline is extended to October 6, 2017; 3) Plaintiff's Expert disclosure deadline is extended to October 6, 2017; 4) Defendants' Expert disclosure deadline is extended to November 20, 2017; 5) Rebuttal Expert disclosure and Expert depositions must be completed by December 20, 2017; and 6) Motion filing deadline is set for January 20, 2018. All other provisions of the Court's Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order shall remain in effect. Signed by Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart on 8/17/17. (alh, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
TRACY CANNON, Administratrix of the Estate of
Mark Cannon, Jr.,
Civ. No. 9:15-CV-1417
CORRECTIONAL MEDICAL CARE, INC., et al.,
DANIEL J. STEWART
United States Magistrate Judge
On August 15, 2017, and continuing on August 16, 2017, the Court held in-person
Conferences, on the record, with Counsel for all parties in order to address a host of issues. During
those Conferences, the Court issued several rulings which are incorporated herein and summarized
Further Amendment of the Amended Complaint
Plaintiff seeks leave to amend the Amended Complaint (Dkt. No. 52) in order to assert that
all claims brought under the Eighth Amendment are, based upon intervening controlling law, being
asserted pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment, and to further bolster allegations made with regard
to claims against the individual Defendants as well as other claims, such as her Monell claims. On
or before August 22, 2017, Plaintiff’s Counsel shall provide a red-lined version of a proposed
second amended complaint to Defendants’ Counsel for review. On or before August 25, 2017,
Defendants’ Counsel shall inform Plaintiff what portions, if any, of the proposed amendments can
be instituted on consent. In the event the parties cannot agree on all aspects of the proposed
amendments, the briefing schedule for the Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend is as follows: Motion filing
by August 29, 2017; Response due September 12, 2017; No Reply is authorized.1
Contested Privilege Log
Plaintiff seeks to move to compel certain responses received from CMC Defendants for
which a privilege has been claimed, or for which other objections have been raised. The Court has
already directed that a privilege log be shared with Plaintiff’s Counsel. Counsel are directed to meet
and confer in good faith in order to work out or limit their discovery issues. In the event the parties
cannot resolve the matters on their own, Plaintiff may file a Motion to Compel according to the
following briefing schedule: Motion filing by September 5, 2017; Response due September 26,
2017; No Reply is authorized.
Continued Deposition of Renee Leonard
Plaintiff may continue this deposition for an additional half-hour. If other parties desire, they
can also question the witness. The parties are to meet and confer and determine an appropriate date
and location for this continued deposition. The temporary gag order imposed, upon consent of the
parties, on this deposition shall continue until such time as the witness has had an opportunity to
review the transcript and render any corrections. If a further, more permanent, protective order is
desired, the parties must make a further application to the Court. Any discussion held during the
deposition concerning documents exchanged under the auspice of a protective order shall continue
Where the Court sets particular motion deadlines that do not coincide with the time-frame in the District’s
Local Rules, the parties shall include the Court’s dates, with reference to this Order, in the Notice of Motion. Upon the
filing of such motions, the Clerk of the Court will adjust the deadlines automatically imposed by the Court’s Case
Management/Electronic Case Files System in order to coincide with this Order.
to be maintained confidential. Dkt. No. 153.2
New Action against Gloria Cooper
It is Plaintiff’s intention to file a separate civil rights action against Gloria Cooper.3 Plaintiff
seeks to attach to that complaint certain portions of the Leonard Deposition. Without making any
ruling as to the appropriateness of attaching deposition testimony to a complaint, in light of the
Court’s temporary gag order on the Leonard Deposition, I direct that, if counsel feels compelled to
attach part of the Leonard Deposition to a new complaint, Counsel is advised to contemporaneously
file in the new action an application to seal or redact those portions of the pleading (whether in the
body of the pleading or in attachments thereto) which include copy, quote, or attach the subject
CMC Defendant’s Request to make a Rule 30 Motion
On August 11, 2017, Counsel for CMC Defendants filed a Letter-Motion seeking a
conference to discuss their desire to make an application under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
30(d)(3)(A) “seeking to terminate the deposition of Gloria Cooper and for a protective order limiting
the use of this deposition in this action or any other action whether now pending or which may be
filed.” Dkt. No. 156.
In a prior Order, dated July 28, 2017, the Court ruled that the subject six pages of notes of Renee Leonard
“shall be provided to all counsel under the same Protective Order which applies to the disclosure of the personnel records
of the two Defendant Nurses.” Dkt. No. 153 (citing Dkt. No. 88). As with all documents exchanged in this action
pursuant to a protective order, in the event the parties seek to use such documents in seeking some relief from the Court,
i.e., summary judgment, the Court will have to make a separate inquiry as to whether such documents should be filed
under seal or be subjected to the public’s First Amendment and common law right of access. Lugosch v. Pyramid Co.
of Onondaga, 435 F.3d 110 (2d Cir. 2006).
During the Conferences, the Court inquired as to whether the Defendants would consider consenting to the
addition of Gloria Cooper to this lawsuit in light of the strong likelihood that any new action against her would be
deemed related, and possibly consolidated, with this one. For varying reasons, the Defendants declined to consent to
that particular amendment.
In light of the fact that Plaintiff intends to file a new action, Defendants’ request to terminate
the Cooper Deposition is moot. Defendants may, however, file further briefing on the issue of a
protective order under the following schedule: CMC Defendants’ Letter-Brief due by August 29,
2017; Plaintiff’s Response due by September 12, 2017; No Reply is authorized. In light of the
nature of this forthcoming motion, the Court grants a temporary protective order over this deposition
and papers filed in conjunction with this motion shall be filed under seal. To the extent Plaintiff
intends to reference this deposition in some manner in the new action against Gloria Cooper,
Counsel should be guided according to the parameters surrounding the use of the Leonard
Motion to Disqualify
Plaintiff has expressed concern regarding the continued representation of the CMC
Defendants by the Stewart Bernstiel Rebar & Smith Law Firm, notwithstanding the Court’s Order
sanctioning their continued representation, Dkt. No. 135, following a sealed Hearing. After further
discussing the matter, Plaintiff agreed to submit to the Court a letter outlining the concerns regarding
the propriety of the waivers made before the Court. Instead of submitting a full motion to the Court,
Plaintiff’s Counsel is permitted to file such letter on or before September 5, 2017; Response letters
thereto shall be filed on or before September 19, 2017;4 no replies are authorized. The Court will
not halt the pursuit of discovery in the interim.
Extension of Pre-Trial Deadlines
In light of the discussion held at the August 15 and 16 Conferences, the Scheduling Order
is amended as follows:
In light of Plaintiff’s desire to first submit concerns to the Court, the Court is retreating from the motion filing
schedule established at the August 15 Conference.
1) Status Report is due on or before August 25, 2017, wherein the parties shall
provide the Court with the dates of any outstanding deposition;
2) Discovery deadline is extended to October 6, 2017;
3) Plaintiff’s Expert disclosure deadline is extended to October 6, 2017;
4) Defendants’ Expert disclosure deadline is extended to November 20, 2017;
5) Rebuttal Expert disclosure and Expert depositions must be completed by
December 20, 2017; and
6) Motion filing deadline is set for January 20, 2018.
All other provisions of the Court’s Uniform Pretrial Scheduling Order shall remain in effect.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Date: August 17, 2017
Albany, New York
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