Hernandez v. Global Prisoner Services, LLC D/b/a Texas Prisoner Transportation Services

Western District of Texas, txwd-5:2019-cv-00374

COURT ADVISORY CONCERNING DISCOVERY. Signed by Judge Fred Biery.

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO DIVISION AMANDA HERNANDEZ,) Individually and on Behalf of all) Others Similarly Situated,)) Plaintiff,)) V.) CIVIL ACTION NO. SA-19-CA-374-FB) GLOBAL PRISONER SERVICES, LLC) d/b/a Texas Prisoner Transportation) Services; PTS OF AMERICA, LLC; and) RYAN WHITTEN,)) Defendants.) COURT ADVISORY CONCERNING DISCOVERY As this case begins, the Court wishes to apprise counsel and the parties of the Court's expectations concerning the conduct of discovery: 1. Subject to matters of privilege, the Court expects the parties to engage in full and open discovery, laying all cards on the table with the goal being the early and less expensive resolution of this dispute for the benefit of the parties. See generally FED. R. CIV. P. 26(b)(1) and W. DIST. LOC. R. CV-16 and CV-26 through CV-37. 2. There will be no Rambo tactics or other forms of elementary school behavior. Simply put: Do not play games. 3. Make time for earspace, i.e., talking and listening as opposed to texting and emailing. 4. If necessary, the Court will require the party wishing to withhold information to present those items in camera to the Court. Should it be determined that discovery of those items should have been made, the Court will impose appropriate penalties. 5. The Court observes, and counsel are well aware, that a trial, appeal and reversal and remand for new trial would result in each side being aware of the opponent's evidence. It must be produced early in the case, regardless of whether the information is hard copy, computerized, etc. It is so ORDERED. SIGNED this 4th day of November, 2019. _________________________________________________ FRED BIERY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE