On January 2, I sent you a set of interrogatories and requests for production of documents. In
today's mail, I received what purported to be a response to these requests. For most of the
interrogatories, you have provided no useful information. For most of the document requests, you
have either claimed to have no documents, claimed that the requests are irrelevant, or told me that
the documents "will be produced."
It did not take you 30 days to prepare these responses. However, you have deliberately waited
until now, ten days before the expiration of discovery, to send me these non-answers, in the cynical
recognition that there may well be too short a time before the expiration of discovery before I can
get relief from the Court and then proceed to take the depositions that I need to prepare for trial.
And you have set my deposition for Thursday, on barely a week's notice, making it especially
difficult for me to move to compel in sufficient time under the Court's standing order. I am quite
concerned about losing my ability to identify potential deponents as well as to map a deposition
strategy within the next ten days, which is all that is left of the discovery period. Although I
could move for summary judgment on the ground that you have failed to make discovery, I would prefer
to be able to have this case decided on its merits.
Speaking first of the interrogatories, you have included in your responses the assertion that you
do make the contentions described in the interrogatories (or similar contentions), but that you are
not going to supply supporting information until your discovery is complete. If, in fact, you do not
intend to introduce any evidence save that which you obtain from my deposition and the subpoena that
you have directed to Donna Hartley, then I am prepared to go to trial on that basis and need not
worry about a motion to compel. But if, on the other hand, you intend to introduce any evidence
other than my deposition and documents produced by me and Ms. Hartley - and I assume that you do
have that intention because your witness list identifies two witnesses from your client - I am
entitled to know what your information is so that I can pursue discovery and plan depositions.
With respect to the interrogatories 13,17, and 18, you have answered that some are irrelevant,
and you have refused to give specifics concerning the rest. These interrogatories request the
evidentiary basis for certain statements that you made in your motion for an expanded preliminary
injunction. I am entitled to this information. The mere statement that you have a general
recollection that some items were false is not sufficient.
With respect to interrogatory 14, if you have no information other than what you may obtain in my
deposition or through your subpoena to Ms. Hartley, I am entitled to know that. If you do have such
information, I am entitled to receive it immediately.
With respect to interrogatories 15 and 16 regarding "hits," I am entitled to this information,
which is just as relevant as the "hits" information that you have sought from me. I assume that you
are not conceding that your document request contains irrelevant matter. Because you contend that my
websites are confusing, and because the judge has referenced some aspects of my site which he
believes support the contention of trademark violation, I believe I am entitled to identify the
persons who design your pages so that I can ask them about the reasons behind various design and
content decisions compared to my site.
With respect to interrogatory 19, your complaint alleged that I engaged in actions in Michigan
that confer personal jurisdiction over me. I denied those allegations. I am entitled to any
information you have that supports your complaint. If you cannot supply any information, I am
entitled to have that allegation stricken.
Finally, your response makes reference to alleged subparts to the interrogatories. The fact that
your responses created artificial segments, turning three questions into 18 (and then refusing to
provide any information in response to any of the 18), does not make it so. I am entitled to answers
to the final six interrogatories, and will move to compel and to deny you the right to introduce any
evidence should you refuse to do so.
Turning now to the question of documents, your responses to many of the requests state that
documents "will be produced." My requests sought the production of documents, not a simple request
for a promise of later production. Obviously, I need those documents now so that I can plan further
discovery in the short time that remains to me. I cannot do that based on a promise of future
You object to certain document requests as allegedly "overly broad" and vague. If you concede
that I am entitled to some of the documents within the requests but think that others are outside
the scope of discovery, you are required to send me those documents which you do consider to be
within the proper scope of discovery. As for the claim of vagueness, I completely disagree, but
perhaps a further conference is required to clarify matters for you.
Accordingly, I shall expect to receive complete responses by fax no later than noon on Tuesday,
February 5, 2002 (please fax a copy to Paul Levy as well), and all of the documents no later than
noon on Wednesday, February 6, 2002. Absent compliance, or an assurance that the only evidence that
you plan to introduce at trial is from the presently scheduled deposition and your subpoena to Ms.
Hartley, I shall be compelled to move for an order compelling discovery, as well as asking the Court
to invoke the sanction of precluding you from introducing evidence that has been withheld from me
until after it was to late to follow-up with depositions.
I might add that the only reason I know about your subpoena to Ms. Hartley under Rule 45 is that
she has told me about it. The rules plainly require you to serve all demands and other papers
related to the case on me. However, I have not received any notice from you of this subpoena, and
this makes me concerned that you may have other subpoenas outstanding to which I might want to
interpose some objections, or seeking production in which I might want to participate. Accordingly,
I request that you promptly notify me of each and every subpoena that you have served in this