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Donald Fischer; Dorothy Fischer; Darren Fischer v. Aviva Life and Annuity Company; Indianapolis Life Insurance Company

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


March 16, 2011

DONALD FISCHER; DOROTHY FISCHER; DARREN FISCHER;
AND DANIEL FISCHER, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
AVIVA LIFE AND ANNUITY COMPANY; INDIANAPOLIS LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY; DOES 1-100, DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

On March 2, 2011, the court heard plaintiffs' motion to compel defendants Aviva Life and Annuity Company and Indianapolis Life Insurance Company (collectively, "Aviva") to respond to plaintiffs' first set of requests for production of documents and first set of interrogatories. Dckt. No. 33. Attorney John Parker appeared at the hearing on behalf of plaintiffs; attorney Bonnie Lau appeared on behalf of Aviva.

The scope of the discovery dispute before the Court is limited to whether or not Aviva may be compelled to produce additional responses to Interrogatories Nos. 2 and 3, and Requests for Production Nos. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 23, 26, and 30. Each of these requests call for Aviva to disclose information or documents about other individuals who, as plaintiffs have alleged, were issued Indianapolis Life Insurance Policies and whose Indianapolis Life Insurance Policies were subsequently terminated or cancelled by Aviva. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co. v. Super Ct., 31 Cal. 3d 785 (1982), provides the proper procedure to allow this information to be obtained by plaintiffs without intruding upon these insureds' statutory rights of privacy in California.

For the reasons stated at the hearing, and after reviewing the submissions of the parties, including both parties' proposed orders and responses thereto, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiffs' motion to compel, Dckt. No. 33, is granted in part.

2. Aviva shall send to each individual whose Indianapolis Life Insurance Policy was terminated by Aviva in the six years prior to the date that the Complaint was filed in this case a letter using the form attached to this Order as Exhibit A within 14 days after this order is entered. Plaintiffs shall bear the duplication and postage costs that Aviva incurs in sending the letters.

3. Within 14 days after receiving the consent of any insured to have his or her contact information disclosed in this matter, Aviva shall forward that insured's contact information to counsel for plaintiffs. If plaintiffs then believe that all or a portion of an insured's insurance file is discoverable under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b), and if that insured has also consented to the disclosure of his or her insurance file, plaintiffs may request that Aviva produce the discoverable insurance file(s) or portion(s) thereof.*fn1 To the extent that any such consent(s) moot Aviva's objections to plaintiffs' Interrogatories Nos. 2 and 3, and Requests for Production Nos. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 23, 26, and 30, or otherwise require Aviva to modify those responses, Aviva shall modify such responses within 30 days after receiving any such consent(s).

SO ORDERED.


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