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Miller v. Broadway Health and Rehab LLC

United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Jonesboro Division

February 21, 2018

LEE ANDRE MILLER, Special Administrator of the Estate of Annie Bell Miller PLAINTIFF
v.
BROADWAY HEALTH AND REHAB LLC DEFENDANT

          ORDER

          D.P. Marshall Jr., United States District Judge.

         1. Dr. Klein. Broadway's motion to strike, No. 38, is partly granted and partly denied. The date of Dr. Klein's deposition was agreed; and his opinions were summarized in the timely one-page disclosure. No. 38-1. But the 55-page handwritten statement, first disclosed at the deposition, was untimely. Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(2)(D). It should have been made available earlier. Dr. Klein's testimony will therefore be limited to the opinions in the first disclosure. Fed.R.Civ.P. 37(c).

         2. Bifurcation. Broadway's motion, No. 39, is denied as moot. Punitive damages are no longer at issue. No. 60.

         3. Financial information. Broadway's motion, No. 41, is granted. Punitive damages and joint venture are no longer issues in this case. No. 60. The entities' finances and financial relationships are irrelevant to the remaining issues.

         4. Prior acts and lawsuits. Broadway's motion, No. 43, is granted with a caveat. The potential for unfair prejudice here is great. Porous Media Corp. v. Pall Corp., 173 F.3d 1109, 1117 (8th Cir. 1999). Therefore, the estate shall not introduce evidence of other acts or other lawsuits. But, if the estate demonstrates substantial similarity to the Court outside the jury's presence, the Court will reconsider under Rule 403. Hicks v. Six Flags Over Mid-America, 821 F.2d 1311, 1315-16 (8th Cir. 1987). The estate must give Broadway, and the Court, notice of any such proposed evidence by 28 February 2018.

         5. Expert testimony by defendants. Broadway's motion, No. 45, is granted. Medical providers cannot be compelled to give expert opinion against themselves. Ark. Code Ann. § 16-114-207(3); Bedell v. Williams, 2012 Ark. 75, 16-17, 386 S.W.3d 493, 504-05 (2012). Expert testimony by Broadway's caregivers is out, unless the door is opened. Csiszer v. Wren, 614 F.3d 866, 873-74 (8th Cir. 2010). Testimony about the facts is in.

         6. Omnibus motion. Broadway's omnibus motion seeks relief on fifteen embedded and various topics. No. 47. Miller's estate opposes the motion generally, though there are some areas of agreement. No. 58 & No. 59. For the following reasons, Broadway's omnibus motion is (as specified) partly granted and partly denied.

a. No adverse effect. Granted. Neither party shall argue or imply any adverse effect, or lack thereof, on the nursing home.
b. Regulations. Partly granted and partly denied without prejudice. The Court will follow Bedell, 386 S.W.3d at 499, as to 42 C.F.R. §§ 483.1 et sea. But the Court reserves a ruling about other regulations and statutes until it has heard the proof and focused argument on specific state or federal law, the violation of which may be evidence of medical malpractice in Miller's care.
c. Residents' Rights Act. Granted. The parties agree. No. 59 at 1. Miller's estate should cite only the sections that are relevant to this case.
d. "Governing body." Granted. The estate shall not refer to a "governing body." Bedell, 386 S.W.3d at 499.
e. Abuse of Adults Act. Granted. The Act doesn't apply to civil actions. ARK. CODE Ann. § 16-118-107(d).
f. "Dignified/' Denied. The word is not complex. The Court will give a limiting instruction, if ...

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