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United States District Court
for the
Southern District of Florida

Juan Carlos Gil, Plaintiff


Winn Dixie Stores, Inc., Defendant )

Civil Action No. 16-23020-Civ-Scola

Order on the Defendant’s Motion to Deem Admissions
This matter is before the Court on the Plaintiff’s Motion to Deem
Admissions (ECF No. 40). The Plaintiff has requested that the Court deem the
Plaintiff’s Amended Requests for Admissions admitted because the Defendant
did not respond within the thirty days required by Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 36(a)(3).
As an initial matter, the Court notes that pre-trial motions were due on
February 14, 2017. The Plaintiff did not file his motion until April 4, 2017.
Nevertheless, the Plaintiff’s motion would fail even if it were timely. As the
Defendant notes in its opposition to the Plaintiff’s motion (ECF No. 41), under
the version of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that were in effect when the
Plaintiff served his Amended Requests for Admissions, a party was afforded
three additional days after service by electronic means in order to respond. See
Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(d)(2014) and advisory committee’s note to 2016 amendment.
Since the Plaintiff served the Amended Requests for Admissions on November
1, 2016, the Defendant’s response was due on December 5, 2016. Discovery in
this case closed on December 2, 2016, and pursuant to Local Rule 26.1(d),
“written discovery requests must be served in sufficient time that the response
is due on or before the discovery cutoff date. Failure by the party seeking
discovery to comply with this paragraph obviates the need to respond or object
to the discovery. . . .”
Accordingly, the Court denies the Plaintiff’s Motion to Deem Admissions
(ECF No. 40).
Done and ordered, at Miami, Florida, on April 7, 2017.

Robert N. Scola, Jr.
United States District Judge