Munoz v. Seton Healthcare, et al.
ORDER: the Court HEREBY DENIES AS MOOT Plaintiff's 50 , 51 Motion to Compel with regard to Requests 1A, 9A, 11A, and 13A. The Court DENIES the motion as to Request 2A as the documents do not exist any longer. FINALLY, the Court DENIES the motion as to the remaining requests, as the documents sought are not within the scope of permissible discovery. Signed by Judge Andrew W. Austin. (kkc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
VIRGINIA C. MUNOZ
SETON HEALTHCARE D/B/A
SETON HEALTH NETWORK, ET AL.
Before the Court are: Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Defendants to Comply with Plaintiff’s
Request for Production of Discovery of Evidence (Clerk’s Docket Nos. 50 & 51); Defendants’
Response (Clerk’s Docket No. 52); and Plaintiff’s Reply (Clerk’s Docket No. 54).
In this case, Plaintiff sues her former employer Seton Healthcare, under Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA and the Texas Commission on
Human Rights Act, Texas Labor Code Chapter 21. Plaintiff requests the Court to compel Defendants
to respond to Requests for Production 1A through 13A.1 Since the filing of the Motion to Compel,
The requests at issue seek the following:
Doc. 06-06-0005 WPA
agendas from Patient Access and Patient Safety Committee meetings;
minutes from Patient Access and Patient Safety Committee meetings;
all documents involved with Plaintiff’s Resolution Process;
Patient Error Occurrence Reports from 2008-2009
a list of employees who attended Patient Safety Meetings prior to August
Request 7A: Lacy Elliott’s 2010 job requisition from Seton;
Request 8A reports of how many patients were seen in SSW ER per day from June
2009 thru March 2010;
Request 9A: copies of computer generated monthly reports of the number of patient
access representatives working from August 2009 thru March 2010;
Request 10A: a list of documented Patient Safety Errors occurring from 2008 thru 2010,
identifying the date, type of error, what department, and the name of the
employee who created the error;
Defendant has agreed to produce the documents requested in Plaintiff’s Requests 9A, and 11A, and
Plaintiff has agreed to withdraw Request 6A, 10, and 13A. Those issues are therefore moot. With
regard to Request 2A, Defendants attest that they cannot locate the requested documents.
Accordingly, the motion to compel production of the documents requested in Request 2A is
DENIED. With regard to the remaining Requests for Production, Plaintiff has failed to demonstrate
that the requested documents are relevant to her claims or any defenses in this case. See FED . R. CIV .
P. 26(b). In addition, the Court finds that the discovery sought would be unreasonably burdensome,
the burden or expense of the proposed discovery outweighs its likely benefit, and the requests seek
sensitive medical information. For these reasons as well, the motion to compel these documents is
denied. FED . R. CIV . P. 26(b).
Based upon the foregoing, the Court HEREBY DENIES AS MOOT Plaintiff’s Motion to
Compel (Clerk’s Docket Nos. 50 & 51) with regard to Requests 1A, 9A, 11A, and 13A. The Court
DENIES the motion as to Request 2A as the documents do not exist any longer. FINALLY. the
Court DENIES the motion as to the remaining requests, as the documents sought are not within the
scope of permissible discovery.
SIGNED this 5th day of November, 2012.
ANDREW W. AUSTIN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Request 11A: a list of all disabled employees who requested permanent reasonable
accommodations between 2008 and August 14, 2009 identifying the
disabled employees who remain employed with the Seton Network;
Request 12A: a copy of Seton Hospitals patient safety regulations;
Request 13A: monthly patient safety error reports, starting from June 2008 thru August
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