Moonracer Inc. d/b/a Synaptis v. Collard
ORDER GRANTING 68 ITC's Motion for Protective Order, and GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART 71 Moonracer's Motion to Compel and Motion for Sanctions. The depositions of Krause and Koh may not occur in San Francisco or any other inco nvenient city of Moonracer's choosing. The deposition of Mr. Krause shall take place before 9/30/2014, and no sanctions or fees are awarded at this time. All other deadlines remain in effect. Signed by US District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 9/5/2014. (Fisher, M.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
MOONRACER, INC. d/b/a SYNAPTIS,
JORDAN N. COLLARD,
IT CONVERGENCE, INC.,
MOONRACER, INC. d/b/a SYNAPTIS,
This matter is before the Court on plaintiff, IT Convergence, Inc.'s ("ITC") motion for
protective order [DE 68], and defendant Moonracer, Inc.'s ("Moonracer") motion to compel and
for sanctions and fees [DE 71]. For the following reasons, ITC's motion is GRANTED and
Moonracer's motion is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART.
This action arises from an employment contract dispute between Moonracer and Mr.
Collard where Moonracer brought claims against Collard for breach of contract and for
injunctive relief. [DE 1-1 at 9-10]. On September 4, 2013, this Court denied plaintiffs motion
for a preliminary injunction. [DE 36]. On February 20, 2014, the Court ordered that the case
between Moonracer and Collard be consolidated with the case between ITC and Moonracer. [DE
The instant motions are before the Court because the parties' counsel cannot agree on a
time and location to depose two individuals, Brian Koh and Patrick Krause. In short, ITC seeks a
protective order preventing the depositions of Mrs. Krause and Koh from occurring in San
Francisco, California. Moonracer now seeks an order compelling the deposition of Mr. Krause 1
and seeking fees and sanctions from ITC for being required to file a motion to compel.
"District Courts enjoy nearly unfettered discretion to control the timing and scope of
discovery .... " Hinkle v. City ofClarksburg, 81 F.3d 416,426 (4th Cir. 1996).
Although it appears that the issue regarding the protective order has been resolved by the
parties, because the motion has not been withdrawn, the Court will now rule. 2 Reviewing ITC's
motion for a protective order the Court finds that it is in the interests of justice and fairness to
require that, if it wishes to depose Mrs. Krause and Koh, Moonracer travel to the deposition
subjects and hold their respective depositions in the city of their residence. The depositions may
not occur in San Francisco or any other inconvenient city of Moonracer's choosing. Absent
explicit consent to being deposed elsewhere, the depositions of Mrs. Krause and Koh must occur
in the cities of their residence. Accordingly, the Court grants ITC's motion for protective order.
The discovery deadline in this matter expired on September 1, 2014. [DE 65]. Although
the time for discovery provided has been sufficient, and the problem in scheduling Mr. Krause is
one created purely by the parties' attorneys being unable to cooperate in a timely, efficient, and
Although the parties do not state so explicitly, it appears as though they were able to come to an agreement and
depose Mr. Koh. [DE 73 at 20].
"Will you please withdraw the Motion for Protective Order referenced below in light of our agreement to depose
Krause and Koh in their hometowns?" "We will be filing a notice of withdrawal regarding our motion for a
protective order." [DE 73 at 11].
professional manner, the Court grants the motion to compel the deposition of Mr. Krause. The
parties shall have until September 30, 2014 to conduct the deposition of Mr. Krause. No further
delays in holding this deposition shall be tolerated or allowed. At this time, the Court does not
find any support for imposing sanctions or fees. However, should the parties continue to
demonstrate their inability to work together both parties may be subject to future sanctions by the
Court. The parties are encouraged to resolve future conflicts between themselves without the
involvement of this Court.
For the foregoing reasons, ITC's motion for protective order is GRANTED. The
depositions of Mrs. Krause and Koh may not occur in San Francisco or any other inconvenient
city of Moonracer's choosing. Moonracer's motion to compel and for sanctions and fees is
GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. The deposition of Mr. Krause shall take place
before September 30, 2014. All other deadlines remain in effect. No sanctions or fees are
awarded at this time.
This t h £ day of September, 2014.
T RRENCE W. BOYLE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT
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