United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
TRAVIS T. WILLIAMS, #Y15910 Plaintiff,
MICHAEL R. CONAT, Defendant.
SCHEDULING, DISCOVERY, AND MAGISTRATE JUDGE REFERRAL
J. Rosenstengel Chief U.S. District Judge.
issue of exhaustion of administrative remedies has been
resolved, and thus the previously imposed stay on merits
discovery is lifted.
party is limited to serving 15 interrogatories, 15 requests
for production of documents, and 10 requests for admission.
On motion, these limits may be increased for good cause
interrogatories, requests for production of documents, or
requests for admissions shall be served so as to allow the
answering party the full thirty-day period provided by the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in which to respond.
parties are reminded that discovery requests must be made in
accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b): the
parties should only “obtain discovery regarding any
non-privileged matter that is relevant to any party's
claim or defense and proportional to the needs of the
Defendant is given leave to depose Plaintiff pursuant to
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(a)(2). Defendant shall
serve any Rule 30 notice upon Plaintiff at least 2
weeks prior to the date of a deposition. Plaintiff
is informed that he must cooperate in the taking of his
deposition. It is appropriate and proper for defense counsel
to take a Plaintiff's deposition and to ask questions
even if Plaintiff is not represented by counsel. The failure
to cooperate in the taking of a deposition by, for example,
refusing to answer appropriate questions, may result in
sanctions, including the dismissal of this lawsuit. Plaintiff
is directed to review Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30.
discovery must be completed by April 27,
2020. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 26(e), the parties are under an ongoing obligation
to supplement the disclosures and production in this
case. Failure to timely disclose or supplement discovery
in this case may result in sanctions, including being
prohibited from using the undisclosed information or witness.
F. If a
motion to compel discovery pursuant to Rule 37 is filed, the
party filing the motion also shall submit the discovery
requests and responses (if any) at issue.
Court encourages the parties to conduct discovery in a timely
manner. Motions for extension of the discovery deadline filed
on or shortly before a deadline are disfavored.
dispositive motion on the merits of Plaintiff's claims
shall be filed by May 27, 2020. Plaintiff is WARNED that the
failure to respond to a dispositive motion may result in an
Order granting summary judgment and terminating this matter.
Daubert motions (seeking to exclude expert
testimony/evidence) shall be filed by May 27, 2020. The
parties are WARNED that Daubert motions not filed in