August 26, 2013
YOLANDA YVETTE BELL, Plaintiff,
UNITED STATES DEP'T OF INTERIOR, KENNETH SALAZAR, Secretary, Defendants.
EDMUND F. BRENNAN, Magistrate Judge.
On August 19, 2013, the undersigned issued an order granting defendants' motion for an independent medical exam and ordering plaintiff to appear for an independent medical examination by Dr. Mark Mills, M.D., on August 21, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., at 6635 Hillandale Road, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815. ECF No. 129. On August 21, 2013, plaintiff refused to appear for the independent medical examination. The court held a telephonic conference between the parties during which the undersigned heard plaintiff's objections and declined to vacate the August 19, 2013, order requiring the examination. ECF No. 132.
On August 21, 2013, defendants filed an ex parte application for order to show cause regarding sanctions for plaintiff's failure to appear for her independent medical examination. ECF No. 133. Defendants request sanctions in the form of reimbursement of Dr. Mills' examination fee as well as dismissal of plaintiff's case. Given plaintiff's failure to comply with the court's order in spite of earlier warnings (including the court's specific admonition to plaintiff during the August 21, 2013 telephone conference with the parties regarding the order to attend the exam) as to the potential sanctions for failing to comply with court orders plaintiff is now ordered to appear telephonically on August 28, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. to show cause why her case should not be dismissed for failure to appear for the court-ordered independent medical examination.
The following motions are also pending before the court: plaintiff's motion for reasonable accommodation (ECF No. 121); and plaintiff's motion for continuance of the scheduling order deadlines (ECF No. 122). Defendants' timely opposed plaintiff's motions pursuant to the court's August 19, 2013, order. ECF No. 130. In light of the September 3, 2013 discovery cut-off, the court will also hear oral argument on these two motions. Plaintiff will have an opportunity to reply to defendants' oppositions during oral argument.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff shall appear telephonically on August 28, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. to show cause why her case should not be dismissed for failure to appear for the court ordered independent medical examination; and
2. The following motions will also be heard on August 28, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.: plaintiff's motion for reasonable accommodation (ECF No. 121) and motion for continuance (ECF No. 122).