Mora v. Chapa
AMENDED ORDER DENYING 92 MOTION TO STRIKE.(Signed by Magistrate Judge Jason B Libby) Parties notified.(mserpa, 2)
United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CORPUS CHRISTI DIVISION
JOSE CHAPA, et al,
January 11, 2017
David J. Bradley, Clerk
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:14-CV-343
AMENDED ORDER DENYING MOTION TO STRIKE
Pending before the Court is Defendants’ Motion to Strike Designation of Expert
Plaintiff’s Designation of Expert (D.E. 88) appears to be a
reproduction of a letter from Ester Pollar, M.D., one of Plaintiff’s treating physicians.
The letter summarizes her treatment of Plaintiff and states her opinion about the
importance of proper care of Plaintiff’s treacheostomy site and that failure to provide
proper care “can be fatal at worst, and distressing for the patient at best.” (D.E. 88, p. 5).
The Defendants object and move to strike this expert designation because it fails to
comply with the requirements of Rule 26(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Rules of Civil
Rule 26(a)(2)(B) requires a written report “if the witness is one retained or
specifically employed to provide expert testimony . . .” Id. Dr. Pollard was not retained
by Plaintiff as an expert, rather she is a treating physician. As a treating physician, a
written report is not required pursuant to Rule 26(a)(2)(C). Further, Plaintiff is a pro se
litigant who is incarcerated. The undersigned finds, for purposes of this case, Plaintiff’s
disclosure and designation of Ester Pollar, M.D. as a witness who will testify under Rule
702, 703 and 705 of the Federal Rules of Evidence is sufficient to satisfy the notice and
disclosure requirements of Rule 26.
Therefore, Defendants’ Motion to Strike Designation of Expert Witness (D.E. 92)
ORDERED this 11th day of January, 2017.
Jason B. Libby
United States Magistrate Judge
The undersigned has recommended Defendants’ motion for summary judgment be granted.
(D.E. 98). However, the order denying Defendants’ motion to strike is made in the event the
memorandum and recommendation is not adopted and the case proceeds to trial.
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