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Moore v. Ean Holdings LLC

United States District Court, M.D. Louisiana

March 7, 2019

MELISSA MOORE
v.
EAN HOLDINGS LLC d/b/a ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR

          ORDER

          RICHARD L. BOURGEOIS, JR. UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         Before the Court is Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Discovery Responses (R. Doc. 9) filed on February 8, 2019. The deadline for filing an opposition has expired. LR 7(f). Accordingly, the motion is unopposed.

         Plaintiff seeks an order compelling responses to interrogatories (R. Doc. 9-2) and requests for production (R. Doc. 9-3) served on EAN Holdings LLC d/b/a Enterprise Rent-a-Car (“Defendant”) on December 5, 2018.

         On January 4, 2019, Plaintiff's counsel extended the deadline to respond to the written discovery requests to January 15, 2019. (R. Doc. 9-4).

         On January 16, 2019, the parties held a discovery conference, and Plaintiff's counsel extended the deadline to respond to the written discovery requests to January 21, 2019. (R. Doc. 9-5).

         On February 8, 2019, Plaintiff filed the instant motion, asserting that Defendant had still not provided any responses. (R. Doc. 9 at 2). Plaintiff seeks an order compelling responses, finding that objections to Plaintiff's interrogatories and requests for production have been waived, and ordering an award of reasonable costs, including attorney fees. (R. Doc. 9 at 2-3).

         The record indicates that Defendant has failed to respond to Plaintiff's interrogatories and requests for production within the time allowed under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, [1] and otherwise failed to file any timely opposition to the instant motion.

         As Defendant did not make any timely objections to Plaintiff's discovery requests, the Court finds that Defendant has waived its objections to Plaintiff's interrogatories and requests for production, with the exception of those pertaining to any applicable privileges or immunities. See In re United States, 864 F.2d 1153, 1156 (5th Cir. 1989) (“[A]s a general rule, when a party fails to object timely to interrogatories, production requests, or other discovery efforts, objections thereto are waived.”); B&S Equip. Co. v. Truckla Servs., Inc., No. 09-cv-3862, 2011 WL 2637289, at *6 (E.D. La. July 6, 2011) (finding waiver of all objections to “discovery requests based on relevance, unduly burdensome, over broad, or any other objection not grounded on the attorney client or the work product privilege.”). Accordingly, the Court will require Defendant to provide responses to Plaintiff's interrogatories and requests for production without any objections other than those pertaining to any applicable privileges or immunities.

         Given the record, including Defendant's failure to file any opposition, the Court will also award Plaintiff the recovery of reasonable expenses incurred in making the instant motion, including attorney's fees, pursuant to Rule 37(a)(5)(A) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

         For the foregoing reasons, IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Discovery Responses (R. Doc. 9) is GRANTED. Defendant must provide responses to Plaintiff's interrogatories and requests for production no later than 7 days from the date of this Order.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is entitled to an award of the reasonable attorney's fees and costs that she incurred in bringing this Motion to Compel, and that Defendant (or its counsel) shall be responsible for such payment. In connection with this award, the parties are to do the following:

         (1) If the parties are able to resolve this among themselves or otherwise agree to a reasonable amount of attorney's fees and costs, [2] Defendant (or its counsel) shall pay that amount;

         (2) If the parties do not agree to a resolution, Plaintiff may, within 14 days of the docketing of this Order, file a Motion for Fees and Costs pursuant to Rule 37, setting forth the reasonable amount of costs and attorney's fees (including evidentiary support) incurred in obtaining this Order; and

         (3) Defendant shall, within 7 days of the filing of Plaintiff's Motion, file any opposition pertaining to the ...


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