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Joseph B. Matthews v. Lahey

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


July 3, 2012

JOSEPH B. MATTHEWS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
LAHEY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel. On June 1, 2012, plaintiff filed a motion to compel discovery. (Dkt. No. 91.) Plaintiff seeks to compel answers to interrogatories, set four, propounded to defendant Basi. Plaintiff states he submitted the interrogatories on May 30, 2012, but did not receive the answers.

Defendants oppose plaintiff's motion, claiming that on May 29, 2012, responses to plaintiff's interrogatories, set four, were served on plaintiff, but noted that defendant Basi's verification would follow. On June 5, 2012, defendants sent plaintiff a letter, enclosing defendant Basi's verification. Plaintiff did not file a reply.

By order filed January 26, 2012, the scheduling order was revised, and the discovery deadline was extended to April 9, 2012. (Dkt. No. 89.) Thus, all motions necessary to compel discovery were to be filed by April 9, 2012.

The dates contained within plaintiff's motion to compel are not clear. Although the motion was signed and dated by plaintiff on May 30, 2012, he states he submitted the interrogatories to defendant Basi on May 30, 2012. (Dkt. No. 91 at 1.) However, the appended interrogatories are signed and dated by plaintiff on March 21, 2012. (Dkt. No. 91 at 4.) The proof of service form, appended at the end of plaintiff's filing, does not contain the name of the document served, but is signed and dated by plaintiff on May 5, 2012. (Dkt. No. 91 at 5.) The unidentified document was served on the United States District Court. (Dkt. No. 91 at 6.)

In any event, whether the motion to compel was presented to prison officials for mailing*fn1 on May 5, 2012, or May 30, 2012, it was untimely filed, because all motions to compel were to be filed by April 9, 2012. Furthermore, defendant Basi has provided copies of the responses provided, as well as the later submitted verification. Plaintiff has filed nothing further to rebut defendant's June 22, 2012 filing.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's June 1, 2012 motion to compel discovery (dkt. no. 91) is denied.


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