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Price v. Reilly

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


November 15, 2010

ANTHONY PRICE, PLAINTIFF,
v.
SHERIFF EDWARD REILLY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
ANTHONY PRICE, PLAINTIFF,
v.
MARY SULLIVAN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Lindsay, Magistrate Judge.

ORDER

Before the court is the plaintiff's letter application dated November 8, 2010, seeking to compel non-party Dr. Balsam to respond to certain questions asked of her at her deposition. Dr. Balsam is an attending physician at the defendant Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Balsam saw the plaintiff during the period that gave rise to the lawsuit and rendered an opinion to the plaintiff as to his candidacy for a kidney transplant. At her deposition, counsel for the defendants instructed Dr. Balsam not to answer three questions, specifically, "(1) whether she had 'an understanding of what the change in [Mr. Price's] life expectancy would be after receiving a kidney transplant;'(2) whether is was true that 'the longer Mr. Price is on dialysis, the more he can expect a smaller increase in life expectancy from receiving a kidney transplant;' and (3) to identify the names of journals she had read for information on renal treatment that may relate to Mr. Price." The court has reviewed the submissions and finds that Dr. Balsam should respond only to question (1). The plaintiff's request for a continued deposition is denied, as is his request for an instruction to counsel for the defendants not to instruct Dr. Balsam not to answer questions that seek expert opinions. Dr. Balsam is directed to respond to question (1) in writing by November 26, 2010.

SO ORDERED.

Dated: Central Islip, New York November 15, 2010

ARLENE R. LINDSAY United States Magistrate Judge

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