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Discovery Motions

Judge Blakey discourages the filing of discovery motions; the parties can and should work out most discovery disputes.  The Court will not hear or consider any discovery motion or non-dispositive dispute unless the movant has complied with the "meet and confer" requirement of Local Rule 37.2.  The motion must state with specificity when and how the movant complied with Local Rule 37.2.  Parties are reminded that compliance with Local Rule 37.2 requires a good-faith effort to resolve discovery disputes and communication that takes place face-to-face or by telephone.  The exchange of correspondence will normally not be sufficient to comply with Local Rule 37.2.  All parties should be fully prepared to argue any discovery motion on the date that it is presented.  The Court will most often rule on discovery motions after hearing argument at the motion call and without briefing.  If, after hearing argument, the Court believes that the motion requires briefing, an expedited briefing schedule will be set so that the matter can be resolved promptly.  Parties are reminded to notify the Court immediately if they resolve and/or are withdrawing any previously-filed discovery motions.  Parties are reminded that there is no particular sequence in which discovery must occur and that one party’s failure or inability to respond to discovery will not excuse any other party’s prompt compliance.



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