Filing 48

ORDER granting in part and denying in part 39 Motion to Compel. Counsel is reminded to read the order in its entirety for critical deadlines and information. Signed by US Magistrate Judge James E. Gates on 4/21/2014. (Edwards, S.)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION 5:13-CV-110-F CATHY L. RUDISILL, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ORDER This case comes before the court on a motion (D.E. 39) by defendant United States of America (“defendant”) (1) to compel production of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) initial disclosures from plaintiff Cathy L. Rudisill (“plaintiff”) and (2) to extend its deadline to serve expert reports. Plaintiff filed a response (D.E. 42) in which she concedes that the initial disclosures were not timely served. Plaintiff contends that the delay was the result of a complete failure of her counsel’s computer systems and counsel’s mistaken belief that the initial disclosures had been served. Plaintiff does not object to entry of a directive to provide the initial disclosures, although representations in the response, filed 24 March 2014, suggest that she may have by now served the disclosures. (See Pl.’s Resp. 3, 5). The motion shall be ALLOWED IN PART and DENIED IN PART on the following terms: The portion of defendant’s motion seeking production of the initial disclosures is ALLOWED. To the extent plaintiff has not already served her initial disclosures, she shall serve them by 25 April 2014. The portion of defendant’s motion seeking extension of the deadline for expert reports is DENIED without prejudice as premature. Because defendant’s expert reports are not due under the Scheduling Order (D.E. 27 at 1 ¶ 2) until 15 August 2014, substantial time remains for defendant to retain experts and for such experts to prepare reports. Each party shall bear its own costs incurred on the motion. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(5). SO ORDERED, this the 21st day of April 2014. _________________________ James E. Gates United States Magistrate Judge 2

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