UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
April 10, 2006
GEORGE SANDERS AND ANTOINETTE SANDERS, PLAINTIFF(S),
COLLECTCORP, ET AL, DEFENDANT(S).
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Wall, Magistrate Judge
Before the court is the plaintiffs' motion to compel answers to their document demands. . The motion is opposed by defendants.  The motion is denied for failure to comply with Local Civil Rule 37.3, which requires parties to attempt to confer in good faith "in person or by telephone in an effort to resolve the dispute." The plaintiffs rely only on a letter from their counsel to defense counsel as proof of good faith effort.
The courts notes the defendants' assumption that the timing suggested by them for responses to the document demands, which were already months late, was acceptable to the plaintiffs because they did not hear otherwise. Their attention is drawn to Rule 34, which plainly states that responses to document demands are due within 30 days of service, unless a shorter or longer time is ordered by the court or agreed to by the parties in writing. Fed. R. Civ. P. 34(b) (emphasis added).
Both parties have requested an extension of the discovery deadlines. The court will extend all deadlines by sixty days. The May 19 pretrial conference is adjourned to July 20, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.
WILLIAM D. WALL United States Magistrate Judge
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