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State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co. v. Mobile Diagnostic Imagine, Inc.

United States District Court, Eighth Circuit

November 18, 2013

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, an Illinois corporation, and State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, an Illinois corporation, Plaintiffs,
v.
Mobile Diagnostic Imagine, Inc., a Minnesota limited liability company and Michael Appleman, individually, Defendants.

ORDER

DAVID S. DOTY, District Judge.

This matter is before the court upon the request by plaintiffs State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and State Farm Fire and Casualty Company (collectively, State Farm) to "supplement the summary judgment motion record in this matter."[1] ECF No. 67, at 1. For the following reasons, the request is denied.

On September 20, 2013, the court heard oral arguments on cross motions for summary judgment. On November 4, 2013, State Farm submitted a letter requesting that the court consider several documents produced by defendant Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. (MDI) in another matter. State Farm argues that these documents should have been produced in this action, pursuant to the May 29, 2013, discovery order by Magistrate Judge Jeanne J. Graham. See ECF No. 39. MDI opposes supplementation of the record and argues that the documents were not responsive to the order of the magistrate judge.

State Farm's request "is, in effect, a motion under Fed.R.Civ.P. 16(b)(4) and D. Minn. LR 16.3(a) to modify the scheduling order by extending the fact-discovery deadline. Such a motion must be supported by good cause.'" Land O'Lakes, Inc. v. Emp'rs Mut. Liab. Ins. Co. of Wis. , 846 F.Supp.2d 1007, 1017 (D. Minn. 2012), aff'd sub nom. Land O'Lakes, Inc. v. Emp'rs Ins. Co. of Wausau, 728 F.3d 822 (8th Cir. 2013). State Farm argues that good cause exists because the materials at issue were subject to the discovery order of May 29, 2013. The court disagrees. The discovery order specifically directed MDI to produce "copies of the leases" to State Farm. See ECF No. 39, at 5. MDI produced the copies of the leases. ECF No. 68, at 2. The documents that State Farm now seeks to have admitted to the record, including "an internal MDI memorandum" and a "roster of chiropractic practices, " are not covered by the magistrate judge's order. See ECF No. 67, at 1. In sum, State Farm has not shown good cause to modify the scheduling order or supplement the summary judgment record. See Land O'Lakes , 846 F.Supp.2d at 1017 ("In every case... evidence that one side or the other finds helpful might come to light after the close of discovery. But for courts to adjudicate cases with some semblance of efficiency, the record cannot be an ever-moving target. At some point, the record must hold still, and a court must be able to decide the case based on the record before it."). As a result, the court denies the request.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that State Farm's request to supplement the summary judgment record [ECF No. 67] is denied.


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