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MCI WORLDCOM NETWORK SERVICES, INC. v. ATLAS EXCAVATING

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division


June 2, 2003

MCI WORLDCOM NETWORK SERVICES, INC, PLAINTIFF, VS. ATLAS EXCAVATING, INC., DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: James Moran, Senior District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

Defendant seeks to take far more than ten depositions. For now, its motion is denied. Perhaps more than ten will ultimately be necessary, but initial depositions may well demonstrate that many of the persons defendant seeks to depose know far less than those deposed and can add nothing to what defendant learns, and plaintiff may well disclaim any interest in having them appear at trial. Until discovery is more advanced we cannot know if more than ten depositions are appropriate and, if so, how many and who.

The motion to compel is granted. Defendant does not contend that its response would be overly burdensome, only that much of the information is irrelevant. That may well be so, but that cannot be determined without knowing what it is.

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