June 7th, 2006

little blue dog

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I love it when courts make fun of unnecessarily litigious parties (or the attorneys who represent them) ...

An order in Avista Management, Inc. v. Wausau Underwriters Insurance Co.:
    This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion
to designate location of a Rule 30(b)(6) deposition (Doc. 105).
Upon consideration of the Motion -– the latest in a series of
Gordian knots that the parties have been unable to untangle without
enlisting the assistance of the federal courts -– it is ORDERED
that said Motion is DENIED.

    Instead, the Court will fashion a new form of alternative 
dispute resolution, to wit: at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, June 30, 2006,
counsel shall convene at a neutral site agreeable to both parties.
If counsel cannot agree on a neutral site, they shall meet on the 
front steps of the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse, 801 North
Florida Ave., Tampa, Florida 33602. Each lawyer shall be entitled
to be accompanied by one paralegal who shall act as an attendant
and witness.

    At that time and location, counsel shall engage in one (1)
game of “rock, paper, scissors.” The winner of this engagement
shall be entitled to select the location for the 30(b)(6)
deposition to be held somewhere in Hillsborough County during the
period July 11-12, 2006. If either party disputes the outcome of
this engagement, an appeal may be filed and a hearing will be held
at 8:30 A.M. on Friday, July 7, 2006 before the undersigned in
Courtroom 3, George C. Young United States Courthouse and Federal
Yes, Manda, it's true. ;)
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