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Obregon v. Superior Court

California Court of Appeal
79 Cal. Rptr. 2d 62 (1998)


Facts

Jovita Obregon (plaintiff) worked at a Burger King franchise owned and operated by Cimm’s, Inc. (Cimm’s) (defendant). Obregon sued Cimm’s for sexual harassment. Obregon served interrogatories on Cimm’s that were very broad and not all clearly related to the case issues. The responses from Cimm’s included a mixture of factual answers and objections. Thirteen days before Obregon’s deadline to file a motion to compel for these interrogatories, Obregon sent a letter to Cimm’s requesting further responses. Four days before Obregon’s motion deadline, Cimm’s responded with a letter that generally asserted the same objections. However, in the letter, Cimm’s also offered alternative solutions to resolve the disputed issues. Obregon received the response one day before her motion deadline. Obregon then moved to compel without further communicating with Cimm’s. Cimm’s objected that Obregon had failed to make a reasonable and good-faith attempt at informal resolution before filing the motion to compel. The trial court agreed with Cimm’s, denied the motion to compel, and imposed sanctions on Obregon.

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