December 17, 2013
NICK'S GARAGE, INC., Plaintiff,
NATIONWIDE MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, et al., Defendants.
CECELIA R. CANNON, ESQ., LAWRENCE ORDWAY, JR., ESQ., BOUSQUET, HOLSTEIN LAW FIRM, One Lincoln Center, Syracuse, NY, for Plaintiff.
ROY A. MURA, ESQ., ERIC T. BORON, ESQ., MURA, STORM LAW FIRM, Buffalo, NY, for Defendants.
DAVID E. PEEBLES, Magistrate Judge.
Currently pending before the court in connection with this action is a motion brought by the defendants to compel discovery. Dkt. No. 37. In their motion, defendants request an order compelling further responses to two interrogatories. Id. Plaintiff opposes defendants' motion arguing that information concerning Interrogatory No. 18. has been provided, and that the information sought in Interrogatory No. 17 is irrelevant to the claims and defenses in the case. Dkt. No. 39.
Oral argument was conducted in connection with defendant's motion on December 5, 2013. At the close of argument I issued an oral decision concerning the motion. Based upon the court's bench decision, which is incorporated herein by reference, it is hereby
ORDERED as follows:
(1) Defendant's motion to compel further compliance with Interrogatory No. 18 is DENIED, as moot.
(2) With regard to Interrogatory No. 17, plaintiff is hereby directed, within fourteen days of the date of this order, to disclose to the defendants' counsel the identity of all technicians and/or mechanics employed at the times of the nineteen repairs at issue in this case were made.
(3) Once those identities are disclosed, defendant shall be permitted to depose, at its option, one of those technicians, for a period not to exceed six hours, at a mutually convenient location in or proximate to Syracuse, New York.
(4) No costs or attorney's fees are awarded in connection with defendants' motion to compel.
(5) The clerk is respectfully directed to promptly forward copies of this order to the parties, electronically, pursuant to this court's local rules.