DAC Surgical Partners P.A. v. United Healthcare Services, Inc. et al
ORDER AND OPINION. The deadline for responses and replies on the Motion to Compel Dr. Donald Kramer, M.D. and the Don of Pain, PA to Produce Tax Returns, Doc. 594, is as follows:1. Dr. Donald Kramer, M.D. and the Don of Pain, PAs Response deadline is Tuesday, April 17, 2018.2. Uniteds Reply deadline is Friday, April 20, 2018.(Signed by Judge Melinda Harmon) Parties notified.(jdav, 4)
United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
UNITED HEALTHCARE SERVICES, INC., et §
April 12, 2018
David J. Bradley, Clerk
DAC SURGICAL PARTNERS P.A., et al,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:11-CV-01355
ORDER AND OPINION
Pending before the Court in the above-referenced cause is Counter-Plaintiff United
Healthcare Services, Inc.’s (“United”) Motion to Compel Dr. Donald Kramer, M.D. and the Don
of Pain, PA to Produce Tax Returns Or, in the Alternative, for Contempt, Doc. 594, and United’s
expedited request for its motion, Doc. 595. After careful consideration of the filings, record, and
law, the Court elects to shorten the response and reply periods.
A brief reiteration of the relevant history of this case explains the necessity of the Court’s
ruling. On October 10, 2014, Magistrate Judge Stacy entered an order to extend the discovery
deadline to allow United to secure a subpoena for the personal tax returns of Dr. Donald Kramer,
M.D. and The Don of Pain, PA. Doc. 484. The subpoena was served on October 21, 2014. Doc.
594-1 at 3, 7. On October 29, 2014, Dr. Kramer objected to Magistrate Stacy’s order. Doc. 502.
And on March 28, 2018, the Court overruled Dr. Kramer’s objection and appeal of the
Magistrate’s order. Doc. 589 at 3. The mediation for the matter is scheduled for April 25, 2018,
Doc. 593, and the matter is presently set for trial on May 7, 2018, Doc. 590. Due to the short
timeline before trial, United requests that this Court order production of these tax returns “within
seven days.” Doc. 594 at 3.
United also alleges that Dr. Kramer is considering three options: “(a) produce the tax
returns on an unspecified future date; (b) move Judge Harmon to reconsider her March 28, 2018
order; or (c) appeal Judge Harmon’s order by seeking mandamus before the United States Court
of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.” Id.
“The federal courts are vested with the inherent power ‘to manage their own affairs so as
to achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases.’ ” DAC Surgical Partners P.A. v.
United Healthcare Services, Inc., No. 4:11-CV-1355, 2014 WL 4388760, at *3 (S.D. Tex. Sept.
3, 2014) (quoting Woodson v. Surgitek, Inc., 57 F.3d 1406, 1417 (5th Cir. 1995) and Link v.
Wabash R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 630 (1962)). In consideration of the upcoming April mediation
and May trial, the Court holds that it should shorten the timeline for a response and reply.
Accordingly, it is hereby
ORDERED that the deadline for responses and replies on the Motion to Compel Dr.
Donald Kramer, M.D. and the Don of Pain, PA to Produce Tax Returns, Doc. 594, shall be as
1. Dr. Donald Kramer, M.D. and the Don of Pain, PA’s Response deadline is Tuesday,
April 17, 2018.
2. United’s Reply deadline is Friday, April 20, 2018.
SIGNED at Houston, Texas, this 12th day of April, 2018.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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