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Suhel M. Polanco v. Charles J. Deye

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


January 20, 2012

SUHEL M. POLANCO, PLAINTIFF,
v.
CHARLES J. DEYE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

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

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Currently pending before this Court is defendants' letter dated January 10, 2012, seeking to extend discovery and to compel plaintiff to respond to defendants' supplemental interrogatories concerning her post-accident activities. See Def. Mot. for Extension of Time (Jan. 10, 2012), Electronic Case Filing ("E.C.F.") Docket Entry ("D.E.") #18. Plaintiff objects to the interrogatories as irrelevant, overly broad and burdensome. See Letter to the Court from Andrew Park (Jan. 17, 2012) ("Pl. Letter"), D.E. #21.

While plaintiff's objections do not appear to be well taken,*fn1 the fact remains that defendants' supplemental interrogatories are untimely, inasmuch as they are dated December 15, 2011, the day fact discovery ended. See, e.g., Gavenda v. Orleans County, 182 F.R.D. 17, 20 (W.D.N.Y. 1997) (granting motion for a protective order as to demand for documents served two days before discovery deadline); Foreman v. AT&T, No. 92 Civ. 904 (DAB), 1995 WL 49271, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 8, 1995) (sustaining ruling that interrogatories served one day before discovery deadline were untimely).

Notably, Judge Carter, the magistrate judge previously assigned to the instant case, had granted several (timely) requests to extend the discovery deadlines, including fact discovery, which originally closed on June 30, 2011. See Minute Entry (Sept. 24, 2010), D.E. #5; see also Order (June 30, 2011), D.E. #11 (extending fact discovery to August 30, 2011); Scheduling Order (Aug. 10, 2011), D.E. #14 (extending fact discovery to October 31, 2011). Defendants did not timely seek to extend discovery in order to serve their supplemental interrogatories, nor have they shown good cause for reopening discovery. Their application for a compulsion order is therefore denied, as is their belated request for an extension of discovery. See Watkins v. Chang & Son Enterprise Inc., No. 08-CV-1361 (ERK), 2008 WL 4682332, at *1 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 21, 2008) (denying motion to compel production of documents where demand was not timely served); Harris v. Computer Assocs. Int'l, 204 F.R.D. 44, 45 (E.D.N.Y. 2001) ("It is not an abuse of discretion to deny a request to reopen discovery when the requesting party previously asked for discovery extensions, and then waited until the last day of discovery to serve its requests.").

The parties are directed to comply with the expert disclosure exchange deadlines set forth in Judge Carter's Order of October 20, 2011. See Minute Entry (Oct. 20, 2011). A settlement conference will be held on February 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

SO ORDERED.

ROANNE L. MANN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE


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