The Bank of New York Mellon v. Adams, et al
ORDER DENYING 35 Defendants' Motion for Protective Order, GRANTING 41 Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Discovery, and GRANTING 49 Defendants' Motion for Extension of Time. Defendants are ordered to respond to the plaintiff's s econd set of interrogatories and second request for production. Defendant's Motion for Extension of Time is granted. Defendants shall have twenty-one (21) days from the entry of this order to file their memorandum in support of their motion for summary judgment. No expenses and costs are awarded. Signed by US District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 3/20/2014. (Fisher, M.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K/A
THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR
THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE
CWALT, INC. ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST
2007-0A2 MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-0A2,
HANNIA M. ADAMS; H. CLAYTON ADAMS
And ROBERSON PROPERTY ENTERPRISES,
This matter is before the Court on defendants Hanni a and Clayton Adams's motion for
protective order [DE 35] and motion for extension of time [DE 49], and plaintiffs motion to
compel discovery [DE 41]. The motions are ripe. For the following reasons, the motion for
protective order is DENIED, the motion to compel is GRANTED and the motion for extension
oftime is GRANTED.
This is a judicial foreclosure and mortgage fraud action filed by the plaintiff. Defendants
have admitted that they obtained the loan and are in default under the terms of the loan's
promissory note and deed of trust. However, defendants deny that the plaintiff is the owner and
holder of the note in question. Plaintiff has served a second set of interrogatories which ask for
the Adams's work history from 1994 to 2006, any self-employment during that time, and the
identity of the witnesses to the execution of the note and deed of trust at issue. Plaintiff has also
served a second request for production which asks for the Adams's local, state, and federal tax
returns for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Defendants seek an order from this Court that sustains the objections of defendants to the
aforementioned discovery. Plaintiff seeks an order from this Court which compels the Adams's
to respond to plaintiffs second interrogatories and second requests for production.
R. CIV. P. 26(b)(1) allows parties in litigation to "obtain discovery regarding any
non-privileged matter that is relevant to any party's claim or defense."
R. Clv. P. 26(c)
provides that a "court may, for good cause, issue an order to protect a party or person from
annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, or undue burden or expense .... "
R. CIV. P. 26(c).
Such orders are generally within the discretion of the district court and will not be upset on
appeal absent a showing of abuse of discretion. M & M Med. Supplies & Serv., Inc. v. Pleasant
Valley Hosp., Inc., 981 F.2d 160, 163 (4th Cir. 1992). Plaintiff has sufficiently shown that the
requests contained in the second set of interrogatories and the second request for production are
relevant to plaintiffs claim. Defendants' only claim that the information sought is sensitive and
confidential. Considering the broad construction of the rules of discovery, the Court grants
plaintiffs motion to compel and denies the motion for protective order. The Court is satisfied
that plaintiff is not inquiring after information merely to harass, oppress, and unduly burden the
The Adams also request that this Court allow them until May 1, 20 14 to file the
supporting memorandum for their motion for summary judgment. They claim that because the
Rule 30(b)(6) deposition was held four days before their dispositive motions deadline and
because plaintiff exercised its right to read and approve the transcript before it is submitted, that
they were unable to obtain a copy of the transcript and thus unable to file a supporting
memorandum. Defendants have shown good cause for an extension of time in which to file their
supporting memorandum, however, 90 days is not reasonable. It has now been 52 days since the
deposition at issue occurred. This is sufficient time for plaintiff to have reviewed the transcript.
If defendants are not yet in receipt of the transcript, plaintiff is ordered to turn it over to
defendants. Considering that the only motivation for an extension of time is the unavailability of
this transcript and defendants have had 52 days to otherwise prepare their memorandum,
defendant is granted 21 days from the date of entry of this order to submit their memorandum in
support of their motion for summary judgment. After the memorandum is filed, the normal
briefing schedule explained in Local Rule 7.1 will apply.
For the foregoing reasons, defendants' motion for protective order is DENIED and
plaintiffs motion to compel is GRANTED. Defendants are ORDERED to respond to plaintiffs
second interrogatories and second request for production. Defendants' motion for extension of
time is GRANTED. Defendants shall have 21 days from the entry of this order to file their
memorandum in support of their motion for summary judgment. No expenses and costs are
}12_ day of March, 2014.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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