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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Dynasty Vi Food Corp.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


March 23, 2011

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, PLAINTIFF,
v.
DYNASTY VI FOOD CORP., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Roanne L. Mann, United States Magistrate Judge:

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Defendants have requested the Court's intervention with respect to two discovery disputes: (1) defendants' demand for complete, unredacted medical records pertaining to non-party claimant Ruth Zahed; and (2) defendants' request to conduct two depositions, after the close of fact discovery,*fn1 of two EEOC investigators, who are alleged to have interviewed intervenor-plaintiff Nataliya Goines. See Letter to the Court from Maurizio Savoiardo (March 22, 2011), DE #73. Defendants' requests are denied without prejudice.

With respect to the dispute concerning the medical records, defendants have made no showing whatsoever as to the relevance of and their entitlement to confidential medical records that are protected by statute and that pertain to a non-party, who (presumably) has not put her medical condition in issue. Under these circumstances, defendants have not made a sufficient showing to warrant even an in camera inspection of the referenced records.

With respect to the depositions of the two EEOC investigators, defendants allege that Ms. Goines' deposition testimony "contradicted virtually every aspect of the written interview notes created by the EEOC." Id. at 1. Nevertheless, while defendants have furnished the Court with a copy of the interview notes, they have not provided a copy of the deposition transcript and/or citations to the pages alleged to contradict the interview notes. Nor have they explained why impeachment of Ms. Goines with the interview notes would not be sufficient. Under these circumstances, defendants' motion to compel the depositions of the EEOC investigators is denied, particularly given the close of fact discovery.

The March 30th settlement conference will go forward as scheduled.

SO ORDERED.

Brooklyn, New York

ROANNE L. MANN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE


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