United States District Court, M.D. Louisiana
RICHARD L. BOURGEOIS, JR., UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
the Court is Defendant's Motion to Compel More Sufficient
Discovery Responses and Production of Documents and Things
from Plaintiff (R. Doc. 14) filed on October 16, 2019. The
deadline for filing an opposition has expired. LR 7(f).
Accordingly, the motion is unopposed.
Paige (“Plaintiff”) initiated this action in
state court to obtain recovery from State Farm Fire and
Casually Company (“State Farm”) for alleged
losses incurred under her homeowner's policy as a result
of a burglary of her home on Ellerslie Drive in Baton Rouge
(“Ellerslie Property”) on November 17, 2017. (R.
Doc. 1-4). State Farm removed the action. (R. Doc. 1). In its
answer, State Farm asserts that Plaintiff filed a
“second claim” for theft-related losses that
“has complicated the adjustment of the first
claim.” (R. Doc. 6 at 1). State Farm asserts that the
second alleged theft occurred at Plaintiff's “other
home” on Brownfields Drive in Baton Rouge
(“Brownfields Property”) on December 18, 2017.
(R. Doc. 14-2 at 2).
Farm served its first sets of interrogatories and requests
for production on May 28, 2019. (R. Doc. 14-3 at 11-22).
Plaintiff provided responses on July 19, 2019. (R. Doc. 14-3
at 23-41). Plaintiff provided certain supplemental responses
on October 14, 2019. (R. Doc. 14-3 at 50-55). There is no
dispute regarding the timelines of these responses. State
Farm now seeks clarification of Plaintiff's responses to
Interrogatory Nos. 3, 12, 15, 19 and Request for Production
Farm served a second set of requests for admission and
requests for production on August 27, 2019. (R. Doc. 14-3 at
46-48). State Farm represents that no responses were provided
by the agreed upon extended deadline of October 14, 2019. (R.
Doc. 14-2 at 12).
Farm also made several attempts to obtain a date to inspect
the Ellerslie Property and Brownfields Property.
(See R. Doc. 14-2 at 10-11). State Farm now seeks an
order requiring Plaintiff to provide dates for the inspection
of both properties. (R. Doc. 14-2 at 12).
September 12, 2019, Plaintiff's original counsel,
Jonathan Holloway, sought to withdraw as counsel and
substitute Plaintiff's current counsel, Loreal Jackson,
as attorney of record. (R. Doc. 12). The Court denied the
motion because Ms. Jackson was not admitted to practice in
this district. (R. Doc. 13).
October 16, 2019, State Farm filed the instant motion to
compel. (R. Doc. 15).
October 21, 2019, Mr. Holloway and Ms. Jackson filed a joint
motion for the purposes of having Ms. Jackson substituted as
Plaintiff's counsel. (R. Doc. 15). The Court granted the
motion. (R. Doc. 16).
Court then set a telephone conference to discuss the pending
motion to compel to take place on December 16, 2019. (R. Doc.
17). Ms. Jackson failed to participate in the telephone
conference. (R. Doc. 18). To date, Plaintiff has not filed an
opposition to the pending motion to compel.
Law and Analysis
First Set of Interrogatories and Requests for