Courts and judges make mistakes. If a magistrate judge makes an erroneous ruling, don’t be afraid to ask the district court for reconsideration. You might win, like the plaintiffs in this case.
In this defamation case between two airlines, the plaintiffs objected to the magistrate judge’s ruling, which prevented the plaintiff from compelling additional depositions of a third party.
The magistrate judge ruled that compelling additional depositions was “not relevant and proportional” to the litigation at issue. The plaintiff reiterated that discovery is relevant, because it was related to an essential element of their claim, and there were no other corroborating sources for the desired information.
Download the PDF version of Eagle Air Med. Corp. v. Sentinel Air Medical Alliance case law alert here.
When to object to the ruling of a Magistrate Judge requires discretion, especially if the Magistrate Judge may also be making further decisions in the case. When the ruling is sufficiently important, however, and you believe you can establish clear error, it can be time to respectfully take your shot.