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Gazaille v. A&B Anesthesia Associates, LLC

United States District Court, D. Rhode Island

June 20, 2016

RAYMOND GAZAILLE, Plaintiff,
v.
A&B ANESTHESIA ASSOCIATES, LLC, et al., Defendants.

          Raymond Gazaille, Plaintiff, represented by Louise A. Herman, Law Office of Louise A. Herman.

          A & B Anesthesia Associates, LLC, Defendant, represented by Brendan J. Lowd, Hinckley Allen, Christina L. Lewis, Hinckley Allen & Robert G. Flanders, Jr., Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP.

          Abdul Barakat, M.D., Defendant, represented by Brendan J. Lowd, Hinckley Allen, Christina L. Lewis, Hinckley Allen & Robert G. Flanders, Jr., Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP.

          A & B Anesthesia Associates, LLC, Counter Claimant, represented by Brendan J. Lowd, Hinckley Allen, Christina L. Lewis, Hinckley Allen & Robert G. Flanders, Jr., Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP.

          Abdul Barakat, M.D., Counter Claimant, represented by Brendan J. Lowd, Hinckley Allen, Christina L. Lewis, Hinckley Allen & Robert G. Flanders, Jr., Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP.

          Raymond Gazaille, Counter Defendant, represented by Louise A. Herman, Law Office of Louise A. Herman.

          A & B Anesthesia Associates, LLC, Counter Claimant, represented by Brendan J. Lowd, Hinckley Allen, Christina L. Lewis, Hinckley Allen & Robert G. Flanders, Jr., Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP.

          Abdul Barakat, M.D., Counter Claimant, represented by Brendan J. Lowd, Hinckley Allen, Christina L. Lewis, Hinckley Allen & Robert G. Flanders, Jr., Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP.

          Raymond Gazaille, Counter Defendant, represented by Louise A. Herman, Law Office of Louise A. Herman.

          ORDER

          JOHN J. McCONNELL, Jr., District Judge.

         Plaintiff Raymond Gazaille sued Defendant A&B Anesthesia Associates, LLC ("A&B") and Dr. Abdul Barakat for breach of an employment contract, unpaid wages, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and disability. A&B filed a counterclaim against Mr. Gazaille (ECF No. 2), for breach of contract and defamation among others.

         Mr. Gazaille issued a subpoena to non-party Rhode Island Department of Health - Board of Medical Licensure & Discipline ("Board"). A&B and Dr. Barakat filed a Motion to Quash the subpoena. ECF No. 56.

         The Board investigates complaints against physicians. Rhode Island General Law states such "[i]nvestigations shall remain confidential and all initial hearings, investigatory hearings, and full hearings before the board shall remain confidential." R.I.G.L. § 5-37-5.2 (d). However, the statute does not give a privilege. See Pastore v. Samson, 900 A.2d 1067, 1087 (R.I. 2006). "Parties may obtain discovery regarding any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party's claim or defense." Fed.R.Civ.P. 26 (b)(1). In this case, relevance is the controlling factor in deciding this motion to quash.

         The Court believes that the Board should produce certain relevant materials and not other materials. First, the Board should produce all information regarding "Complaint Number C11-866." Complaint Number C11-866 is a complaint against these Defendants by another person alleging falsification of records by the Defendants. Complaint Number C11-866 may be relevant to the counter-claims that A&B and Dr. Barakat make against Mr. Gazaille. A&B and Dr. Barakat in their counterclaim against Mr. Gazaille assert that he intentionally falsified medical records. Dr. Barakat testified that Mr. Gazaille engaged in professional misconduct by falsifying medical records. Barakat Dep. 303:25-304:5. Complaint Number C11-866 is therefore relevant and discoverable because it has the potential of establishing a pattern of behavior by Dr. Barakat of blaming other employees for medical recordkeeping errors. "Any and all documents, communications, reports, notes, applications, opinions, investigative materials, reprimands, suspensions, consent ...


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