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The Collaborative Clearinghouse for Lawsuits and Other Claims Against ACE Group Insurance Companies


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Case Number: 
1:13-mc-00244 Search Pacer
ACE Group party(s): 
Court Type: 
US District Court: 
Middle District of Pennsylvania
Date Filed: 
May 7 2013

"1. On or about April 17, 2013, ESIS was served with a Subpoena to Produce Documents, Information, or Objects or to Permit Inspection of Premises in a Civil Action (hereinafter “the Document Subpoena”), and a Subpoena to Testify at a Deposition in a Civil Matter (hereinafter “the Deposition Subpoena”) (collectively “the Subpoenas”), by Verizon New York, Inc. (hereinafter “Verizon”). See true and correct copies of the Subpoenas, attached hereto as Exhibits “A” and “B” respectively.

2. The Subpoenas were issued by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

3. The Subpoenas purportedly seek information relating to ongoing litigation in the Southern District of New York, captioned In Re World Trade Center Lower Manhattan (Combined) Disaster Site Litigation, and docketed at Civil Action Numbers 21 MC 102 and 21 MC 103 (hereinafter “the Litigation”), in which Verizon is a defendant. See Exhibits “A” and “B.”

4. In the Litigation, numerous plaintiffs allege, inter alia, respiratory and nonrespiratory injuries relating to the recovery, restoration, and/or clean-up operations at locations near the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

5. Movant is not a party to the Litigation; however, during discussions, Verizon would not foreclose the possibility that Verizon and/or other parties to the Litigation may still seek to join Movant as a party in the future.

6. In the Document Subpoena, Verizon seeks to obtain documents that are not relevant to the claims being put forward by the plaintiffs or Verizon’s defenses to those claims.

7. Furthermore, in the Document Subpoena, Verizon seeks overly broad categories of documents, which would be overly burdensome for Moving Defendant to produce, particularly within the time frame provided by the Document Subpoena.

8. Similarly, in the Deposition Subpoena, Verizon seeks a deponent to testify regarding areas of inquiry that are not relevant to the claims being put forward by the plaintiffs
or Verizon’s defenses to those claims.

9. Additionally, certain areas of inquiry identified in Schedule A to the Deposition Subpoena are so broad as to make it extremely impracticable, if not impossible, to produce one or more deponents who could competently testify to the entirety of the scope of inquiry demanded.

10. Accordingly, for the foregoing reasons, as more fully articulated in the supporting Brief attached hereto, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45(c)(3), the Subpoenas should be quashed."

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