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State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Peter J. Hanson, P.C.

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

September 6, 2017

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY and STATE FARM FIRE AND CASUALTY COMPANY, Plaintiffs,
v.
PETER J. HANSON, P.C. D/B/A HANSON CHIROPRACTIC and PETER J. HANSON, Defendants.

          CORR CRONIN MICHELSON BAUMGARDNER FOGG & MOORE LLP, Steven W. Fogg, WSBA No. 23528, Todd T Williams, WSBA No. 45032, David I Spector (AdmittedPro Hac Vice), Kayla L. Pragid (AdmittedPro Hac Vice), S Montave Simmon (Admitted Pro Hac Vice), AKERMANLLP Attorneys for Plaintiffs

          MERRICK, HOFSTEDT & LINDSEY, P.S., Peter Steilberg, WSBANo. 22190, Tamara K. Nelson, WSBA No. 27679 1001, Gregory P. Turner, WSBA No. 20085, LEE SMART, P.S., INC., Andrew Baratta (Admitted ProHacVice), BARATTA, RUSSELL & BARATTA, The Loft at Woodmont, Attorneys for Defendants Peter Hanson And Hanson Chiropractic

          STIPULATED ORDER REGARDING PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO COMPEL

          Honorable Robert S. Lasnik United States District Judge.

         Plaintiffs State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and State Farm Fire and Casualty Company ("State Farm Plaintiffs") and Defendants Peter J. Hanson, P.C. d/b/a Hanson Chiropractic and Peter J. Hanson ("Hanson Defendants") stipulate and agree that in exchange for withdrawal of the State Farm Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel (Dkt. No 57), the Hanson Defendants will undertake the following measures:

         1. Hanson Defendants shall retain third-party vendor eDiscovery Inc. to collect and produce, in a forensically sound manner, Hanson Chiropractic's complete patient files for the at- issue patients listed in SF00173980ROD - SF00173984PROD (adult patients) and SF00173990PROD - SF00173991PROD (minor patients) at Defendants' expense. Complete patient files includes but is not limited to any intake forms, correspondence, medical records, hilling documents or other documentation concerning any treatment, services, or products provided by Defendants to the at-issue patients from January 1, 2009 to the present. This includes treatment, services, and/or products relating to auto accident injuries as well as non-auto accident-related care. The complete patient files must be produced to the State Farm Plaintiffs within 30 days of this Order.

         2. Hanson Defendants shall retain third-party vendor eDiscovery Inc. to collect and produce, in a forensically sound manner, certain emails at Defendants' expense. Responsive emails must be produced to the State Farm Plaintiffs within 30 days of this Order. The email collection will include the following email accounts: chiropete@comcast.net; drhanson@hansonchiro.com; newpatientassistant@gmail.com; frontdesk.hansonchiro@gmail.com; tn0446@gmail.com; ryanwoodburydc@aol.com; sglinesdc@gmail.com; jwaldropdc@hotmail.com; tatyana.chiro@gmail.com; kayla.chiro@gmail.com; tina.hansonchiro@gmail.com; ipcoach.hansonchiro@gmail.com; edward.chiro@gmaiLcom; stevie.chiro@gmail.com; and any other email accounts used by current Hanson Chiropractic employees or contractors to communicate regarding Hanson Chiropractic patients during the time period January 1, 2009 to the present. Email documents (including any attachments) that pertain or relate to any of the following shall be produced:

a. The at-issue patients listed in SF00173980ROD -' SF00173984PROD (adult patients) and SF00173990PROD - SFOO173991 PROD (minor patients), including but not limited to communications with patients, referral sources, attorneys, or other health care providers, as well as communications relating to patient intake, treatment, billing and payment;
b. free or discounted services and write-offs (including any related marketing or advertising); and

         3. The parties agree to use Allison Goodman of eDiscovery Inc. as the forensic examiner and both plaintiffs and defendants must work cooperatively with the third party forensic vendor on an agreed process for identifying, collecting, and producing documents within the timeframes specified in this Order.

         4. Hanson Defendants shall produce all documents reflecting free or discounted services offered or provided to non-automobile insurance patients and write-offs, discounts, and/or fee reductions applied to non-automobile insurance patients within 14 days of this Order. If Defendants previously produced responsive documents, they must identify by Bates number the documents responsive to each request. The documents described in this paragraph do not include patient-specific documents (i.e., an itemized billing statement for a particular patient) for patients who are not at-issue in this lawsuit.

         5. The State Farm Plaintiffs may conduct up to four depositions (including re-opening the deposition of any persons already deposed) concerning information reflected in the documents ordered to be produced. These depositions shall be conducted within 30 days after Defendants complete their supplemental production of emails and patient files in accordance with this Order.

         The State Farm Plaintiffs agree that the Motion to Compel (Dkt. No 57) is withdrawn if the ...


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