Metropolitan Life Insurance Company v. Betancourt et al

Filing 29

ORDER denying 20 Motion to Allow Expert Document Examiner Curtis Baggett to Testify via Telephone. Signed by Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr. on 5/23/2014. Copy sent to I. Betancourt via US Mail. (Eggleston, L)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION No. 5:14-CV-00117-F METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff, v. IVONNE I. BETANCOURT and RAFAEL 0. MOLINA, JR., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ORDER This matter comes before the court on Defendant Ivonne I. Betancourt's ("Defendant") motion to allow Mr. Curtis Baggett, Expert Document Examiner, to testify via telephone. [DE-20]. It is unclear from the motion at what proceeding Defendant is seeking authorization for Mr. Baggett to testify via telephone. No scheduling order has been entered in the case, the parties have yet to file a discovery plan, which is due no later than June 11, 2014, and there are currently no proceedings scheduled before the court in this matter. The court has no context within which to determine the propriety of the motion, and it appears to have been filed prematurely. Accordingly, Defendant's motion is DENIED without prejudice to refile. Any future motions filed by Defendant should set forth relevant factual information and provide a basis for the requested relief. SO ORDERED, the~3day ofMay 2014.

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