United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Shreveport Division
January 9, 2015
BRITNEY N. JONES,
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., ET AL.
KAREN L. HAYES, Magistrate Judge.
Before the undersigned Magistrate Judge, on reference from the District Court, is a Motion for Attorney's Fees and Expenses, [doc. # 54], filed by Plaintiff Britney N. Jones. Defendant Cox Management Services ("Cox") opposes the Motion. [doc. # 64]. For reasons set forth below, the Motion is DENIED.
Plaintiff served Cox with six requests for admission ("the Requests") on September 26, 2014. [doc. # 54-2, p. 7-8]. On October 3, 2014, Cox responded and denied each request without explanation or qualification. Id. at 9-10. On October 15, 2014, Plaintiff's counsel deposed Michael Cox, Cox's founder and president, and Mr. Cox admitted that the matters Plaintiff requested Cox to admit were indeed true, thus prompting the instant Motion for Attorney's Fees and Expenses. Id. at 12-23. However, the discovery deadline in this case was October 14, 2015, and the deadline for serving written discovery was 30 days prior to that date, or September 14, 2014. Therefore, the requests for admission were untimely sought, and this court declines to impose sanctions for the defendant's failure to admit the matters which were the subject thereof.
The court further notes that, even if the requests had been timely sought, there has been no showing by the plaintiff that any additional expenses were incurred as a result of the denial. First it is obvious that no additional expenses were incurred as a result of the preparation of the requests themselves. Second, the October 15th deposition was scheduled prior to the denial, and plaintiff has not disputed defendant's assertion that the matters in the requests were not the only subjects sought to be or which were covered in the deposition. Finally, the court having granted defendant's motion for summary judgment, dismissing this case in its entirety, the admissions sought were, after all, of no substantial importance. Therefore, the motion for attorneys fees is hereby DENIED.