Durden v. Geico Advantage Insurance Company
ORDER striking in part as moot and denying in part without prejudice Defendant's 10 Motion for Protective Order. Authorized signed by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (PM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
GEICO ADVANTAGE INSURANCE
The following Minute Order is made by direction of the Court, the Honorable
Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Judge:
Defendant’s motion for protective order, docket no. 10, is STRICKEN in
part as moot and DENIED in part without prejudice.
Defendant seeks a protective order precluding plaintiff from
deposing Rory W. Leid, III or any other member of Cole | Wathen | Leid | Hall,
P.C. Plaintiff has indicated that he has “no present intent” to depose defendant’s
attorneys, see Pla.’s Resp. at 7 (docket no. 13), and thus, the related portion of
defendant’s motion is stricken as moot.
Defendant asks for a protective order declaring all communications
between it and its attorneys privileged and precluding discovery of defendant’s
claim file (or some portion thereof) and its attorneys’ litigation file. Before filing
the motion for protective order, defendant’s counsel did not engage in a good faith
effort to confer; emails proposing a stipulation and threatening to file a motion if it
is not signed, see Ex. 11 to Holsman Decl. (docket no. 12-11), do not constitute a
conference under Local Civil Rule 37(a)(1). Moreover, as evidenced by materials
attached to defendant’s attorney’s declaration, defendant’s claim file contains
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documents that would not be protected by either attorney-client or work-product
privilege, for example, police reports, witness statements, and correspondence
with the opposing party, and the Court cannot rule on defendant’s motion in the
absence of a proper privilege log. The balance of defendant’s motion is therefore
denied without prejudice.
The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Minute Order to all counsel of
Dated this 25th day of October, 2017.
William M. McCool
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