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Walker v. Felker

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


December 17, 2009

MARQUIS VERNARD WALKER, PLAINTIFF,
v.
T. FELKER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel in an action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On October 15, 2009, plaintiff filed a motion to compel defendants James, Bates, French, Roche and Snyder to answer plaintiff's discovery requests and to award plaintiff reasonable expenses in bringing the motion. Pl.'s Mot. to Compel ("Mot.") at 3. First, plaintiff asserts that defendants failed to respond to his request for initial disclosures under Rule 26(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. As defendants point out, however, they were not obligated to respond to this discovery request because the initial disclosure requirements of Rule 26(a)(1) do not apply to actions brought by pro se prisoners. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(B)(iv); Defs.' Opp'n to Mot. ("Opp'n") at 1. Second, plaintiff asserts that defendants failed to respond to his requests for admissions. In their opposition, defendants admit that they failed to respond to plaintiff's requests because they were attempting to obtain plaintiff's medical records in order to assist them in their responses. Opp'n at 2. Defendants' counsel informed plaintiff of the anticipated delay in responding to the requests for admissions, and assumed, without confirming, that plaintiff had no objections. Id.

Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to compel is granted to the extent that defendants must, within seven days, serve responses to plaintiff's requests for admissions.*fn1 The court will not impose monetary sanctions at this time.


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