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Champs v. Powers

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


October 7, 2010

JOE CHAMPS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
DR. MARVIN POWERS, AND TERRY CALIPER, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Proud, Magistrate Judge

ORDER

Before the Court is plaintiff's Motion to Compel. (Doc. 73). Defendant Powers filed a response at Doc. 82, and defendant Caliper filed a response at Doc. 83.

Plaintiff's motion concerns defendants' responses to his requests for production of copies of his medical records. Defendants objected that the records are equally available to plaintiff, and that defendants should not have to bear the expense of producing the records. Plaintiff argues that defendants' access to the records is superior to his because defendants work in the health care unit while he is an inmate confined to his cell.

The Court rejects plaintiff's argument. Plaintiff is not entitled to have the defendants pay the costs of his litigation. Johnson v. Daley, 339 F.3d 582, 586 (7th Cir. 2003). The record does not demonstrate that plaintiff cannot obtain sufficient access to his medical records. The Court notes that voluminous portions of plaintiff's medical records are attached to defendants' motions for summary judgment. Further, plaintiff has attached almost fifty pages of medical records to his response to defendant Caliper's motion for summary judgment. See, Doc. 91, Ex. A.

Plaintiff's Motion to Compel (Doc. 73) is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

CLIFFORD J. PROUD U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE

20101007

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