January 28, 2009
This matter is before the court on the plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Serve More Than Fifty Interrogatories (Filing No. 29). Specifically, the plaintiff seeks leave to serve 67, rather than the 50 interrogatories allowed by the February 20, 2008 Order for Initial Progression of Case. See Filing No. 17 — Order. Neither the motion or brief (Filing No. 30) indicates the plaintiff attempted to confer about this matter with the defendants, even though the additional interrogatories are necessitated by the defendants' conduct, according to the plaintiff.
The Civil Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska provide:
To curtail undue delay in the administration of justice, this court will not consider any discovery motion unless counsel for the moving party, as part of the motion, shows in writing that after personal consultation with counsel for opposing parties and sincere attempts to resolve differences, they are unable to reach an accord. This showing shall also recite the date, time and place of such conference and the names of all persons participating in them.See NECivR 7.1(i); see also NECivR 7.1(i)(1) (defining personal consultation). There is no evidence before the court showing counsel for the plaintiff attempted to confer with opposing counsel prior to filing the instant motion. The court will allow the plaintiff a brief period to rectify the oversight and to confer with counsel. Should court involvement to determine the merits of this matter be necessary after the parties' conference, the plaintiff shall file an index of evidence including an affidavit from counsel showing compliance with NECivR 7.1(i). However, the plaintiff need not re-file the motion, brief or evidentiary materials already part of the court record. Since the plaintiff failed to file support for his motion as is required under the Nebraska Civil Rules, the motion will be held in abeyance pending compliance. Upon consideration,
IT IS ORDERED:
1. The plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Serve More Than Fifty Interrogatories (Filing No. 29) is held in abeyance pending compliance with Nebraska Civil Rule 7.1(i).
2. The plaintiff shall have to on or before February 9, 2009, to file a an index of evidence including an affidavit from counsel showing compliance with NECivR 7.1(i). Absent compliance with this order, the plaintiff's motion will be denied, as moot.
3. The defendant shall have ten business days from the date of the plaintiff's compliance with NECivR 7.1 to respond to the motion, if necessary.