Zerr v. WPX Energy Williston, LLC et al
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Charles S. Miller, Jr. granting 137 Defendants' Joint Motion for Rule 35 Examination of Plaintiff. (BG)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA
ARJUNA M. ZERR,
WPX ENERGY WILLISTON, LLC,
a Delaware Limited Liability Company;
HURRICANE AIR & SWABBING SERVICES,
LLC, a New Mexico Limited Liability Company,
WELLSITE SOLUTIONS INC., a New Mexico
Corporation, IVAN A. WEBSTER, an Individual,
and IVAN A. WEBSTER LLC, a Colorado
Limited Liability Company,
Civil No. 1:15-cv-033
ORDER GRANTING RULE 35 EXAMINATIONS
Before the Court is the Stipulation Regarding Defendants’ Joint Motion for Rule 35
Examination of Plaintiff. The substance of the Stipulation is to permit three professionals to
conduct examinations of Plaintiff Arjuna M. Zerr in accordance with the provisions of Rule
35(a)(2), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Upon reviewing the Stipulation and being fully
advised in this matter, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that
Plaintiff Arjuna M. Zerr shall be examined, pursuant to Rule 35, Fed.R.Civ.P., by
the following three professionals
Dr. Brent Van Dorsten, a clinical psychologist;
Dr. Robert Kleinman, a psychiatrist; and
Ms. Margot Burns, a vocational rehabilitation analyst and life care
The examinations shall be conducted in accord with the following requirements and
The examination by Dr. Van Dorsten shall take place at his office at
4600 South Syracuse, Denver, Colorado 80237 on March 1, 2017, commencing at
10:00 a.m. Mountain Time. The examination, excluding any breaks, will not
exceed six (6) hours and will consist of an interview lasting approximately two (2)
hours and administration of six (6) tests that will take approximately three (3)
hours. Dr. Van Dorsten shall allow Mr. Zerr reasonable breaks at approximately
hourly intervals and shall also permit Mr. Zerr to have a reasonable break for lunch.
The examination by Dr. Kleinman shall take place at his office at
1658 Cole Boulevard, Suite 295, Lakewood, Colorado 80401 on February 28, 2017,
commencing at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time. The examination, excluding any breaks,
will not exceed three (3) hours and will consist exclusively of an interview by Dr.
Kleinman. No testing will be undertaken. Dr. Kleinman shall allow Mr. Zerr
reasonable breaks at approximately hourly intervals.
The examination by Ms. Burns shall take place at her office at 1221
South Clarkson Street, Suite 222, Denver, Colorado 80210 on March 2, 2017,
commencing at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time. The examination, excluding any
breaks, will not exceed three (3) hours and will consist exclusively of an interview
by Ms. Burns and the administration of one (1) test, an interest test. Ms. Burns
shall allow Mr. Zerr reasonable breaks at approximately hourly intervals.
Attorney Robert P. Schuster or some representative of his law firm
or the Maring Williams law firm (the representative) shall be permitted to
accompany Mr. Zerr to each of the examinations. Dr. Van Dorsten, Dr. Kleinman,
and Ms. Burns shall make reasonable space available in their respective offices for
the representative while the examination is being conducted. The representative
shall be permitted to be in the examination room only before the examination
commences and then for the sole purpose of ascertaining that the recording
equipment allowed by this Order has been properly set up and that the placement
of the microphones will permit proper recording of the examination.
The entirety of each of the examinations will be audio recorded,
from beginning to end, including all interviewing, testing, and discussion. The
parties shall agree to the selection of a professional recorder and that person or
company shall be permitted to set up the recording equipment prior to the
commencement of the examination. Microphones shall be placed in position
where---in the professional’s judgment---the voices of the examiner and Mr. Zerr
will be properly and adequately recorded. Dr. Van Dorsten, Dr. Kleinman, and Ms.
Burns shall conduct the examinations in a space that reasonably allows the
examination to take place and for all aspects of the examination (interviewing,
discussion, and any testing) to be recorded without interruption, pause, or other
discontinuation of the recording process and without alteration of the recording
conditions as set up by the professional.
Dr. Van Dorsten shall permit the
professional, if in the professional’s opinion it is necessary, to check the equipment
and the adequacy of the recording approximately half way through the examination
and at a point that Dr. Van Dorsten believes would not interfere with the progress
of the examination. Plaintiff’s counsel shall be responsible for paying the charges
of the professional chosen to do the recording. At the conclusion of the
examinations, the professional will make copies of the recording available to any
parties to the litigation at their separate expense. All copies of the recordings shall
be subject to the terms of the protective order that has been entered in this case.
Dr. Van Dorsten and Ms. Burns shall produce the following
documents relevant to the examinations conducted by them or their offices: (a) all
raw testing data, (b) all diagrams, drawings, illustrations, or writings made by Mr.
Zerr, (c) all scoring sheets, and (d) all printed profiles or results from any
testing. The term “raw testing data” shall include all raw and scaled scores,
responses to test questions or stimuli, and all notes or memorializations made by
the examiner concerning Mr. Zerr’s statements, responses, or behavior. The
documents shall be produced to Attorney Lisa M. Six who shall then produce the
documents to plaintiff’s counsel within ten (10) days of the examinations. The
documents shall be subject to the protective order entered in this case.
Dr. Van Dorsten and Ms. Burns---at the time they submit their Rule
26 reports---shall identify the specific version of the scoring manual that they used
to score any of the tests administered during their examinations.
Dr. Kleinman, Dr. Van Dorsten, and Ms. Burns shall not attempt to
obtain, and shall not inquire regarding, any information involving any
communications between Mr. Zerr and his attorneys.
The Defendants shall reimburse Robert P. Schuster, P.C., for Mr.
Zerr’s roundtrip airfare as well as the cost of Mr. Zerr’s hotel room, his meals, and
cab fare from the Denver airport.
Dated this 23rd day of February, 2017.
Charles S. Miller, Jr., Magistrate Judge
United States District Court
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