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Race Tires America, Inc. v. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


March 18, 2008

RACE TIRES AMERICA, INC., A DIVISION OF SPECIALTY TIRES OF AMERICA, INC.; SPECIALTY TIRES OF AMERICA, INC.; SPECIALTY TIRES OF AMERICA (PENNSYLVANIA), INC.; AND SPECIALTY TIRES OF AMERICA (TENNESSEE), LLC, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
HOOSIER RACING TIRE CORP., AND DIRT MOTOR SPORTS, INC., D/B/A WORLD RACING GROUP, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Terrence F. McVerry United States District Court Judge

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Presently pending before the Court is the EXPEDITED MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS FROM CHARLES ROBERTS AND HOOSIER TIRE SOUTH DIRT OVAL filed by Plaintiffs on March 17, 2008 at 5:46 P.M.

On February 29, 2008, Plaintiffs served a subpoena duces tecum upon "Charles Roberts, as officer, director or managing agent of Hoosier Tire South Dirt Oval," a non-party, who is believed to be the Registered Agent, President and a Member of Hoosier Tire South Dirt Oval ("HTSDO"), an alleged distributor of Defendant Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. The Subpoena directs HTSDO to produce responsive documents at the offices of Plaintiffs' counsel in Pittsburgh, PA on March 18, 2008, and also directs Charles Roberts, as an officer, director or managing agent of HTSDO, to appear for deposition in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 25, 2008.

The Subpoena was issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and service was made on February 29, 2008, at HTSDO's business address, 504 Frank L. Diggs Road, Clinton, Tennessee 37716.

On March 13, 2008, counsel for Plaintiffs were advised that Kendall Millard, Esquire, one of the attorneys for Defendant Hoosier Racing Tire Corp., would be "defending" Charles Roberts with regard to the subject subpoena.

On March 15, 2008, counsel for Charles Roberts served upon Plaintiffs' counsel a document entitled "Roberts's Responses and Objections to Notice of Deposition Duces Tecum of Charles Roberts and Document Requests," in which Charles Roberts objects to the production of any "documents outside of the possession, control, or custody of Charles Roberts. . . . "

In the instant motion, Plaintiffs request that this Court compel Charles Roberts and HTSDO to produce all non-privileged documents responsive to the Subpoena Duces Tecum, and impose sanctions, costs and attorney's fees.

As noted supra, the subpoena directed to Charles Roberts was issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Any controversies with regard to the production of documents from nonparty witnesses shall be decided in the court which issued the subpoena, unless the non-party consents to determination elsewhere. See Highland Tank & Mfg. Co. v. PS International, Inc., 227 F.R.D. 374, 381 (W.D. Pa. 2005.) There is no provision in Rule 45 which authorizes this Court to either enforce or modify the subpoena obtained from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, absent consent by the non-party.*fn1

This Court has not been made aware that Charles Roberts, a non-party, has consented to this dispute being resolved in or by this Court, nor has the District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee remitted the matter to this Court for resolution. Accordingly, Plaintiffs' Expedited Motion to Compel is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE as this Court lacks jurisdiction to hear the dispute.

So ORDERED this 18th day of March, 2008.


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