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Case 1:03-cv-00289-FMA

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IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS

UNITED MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY, INC., Plaintiff v. THE UNITED STATES, Defendant

CASE NO: 03-CV-289 Judge Allegra

JOINT STATUS REPORT TO THE HONORABLE UNITED STATES COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS: Pursuant to the Court's order of July 1, 2005, the Parties submit the following joint status report. The parties have resolved, at least temporarily, their outstanding discovery disputes and have agreed to attempt to implement an orderly production of information by serially focusing on MTFs. Accordingly, the parties propose to resolve their discovery disputes as follows: 1. Interrogatories subject to Plaintiff's First Motion to Compel. a. Interrogatories 4, 6, 7, 19 and 20 The Government will supplement its responses to provide its best estimates or state fully why it cannot make such estimates, including a detailed description of the investigation made to make the estimates. Answers will be provided for the various MTFs in accordance with the priority attached as Exhibit A. b. Interrogatory 5. The Government will perform the requested calculation in

tabular form, but may add the following notation, "The calculations do not include orders that were `killed' because the Government has been unable to make any estimate the volume of orders `killed' by United Medical." Interrogatory 5 will be certified by the person making the calculation. 1

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Interrogatory 5 will be answered by August 15, 2005 2005 for Fort Hood and BAMC and as soon as reasonably possible for all other MTFs. 2. Additional Interrogatories described in Plaintiff's Motion for Leave. a. The Government will answer the multipart interrogatory attached as Exhibit B. Answers will be provided for the various MTFs in accordance with the priority shown in Exhibit C. 3. Requests for Production subject to Plaintiff's Second Motion to Compel. a. The Government, at its expense, will produce the `CDs' from IKON pertaining to credit card purchases at the following three MTFs: Fort Hood, Sam Houston and Fort Sill. The CDs will be produced in tiff or pdf formats. b. Prior to the end of July 2005, counsel will meet with Debbie Thompson in San Antonio, Texas to informally discuss various aspects of the Gen I PV program for Fort Hood and BAMC including med/surg usage data collection and reporting procedures, med/surg budgeting and financial reporting, med/surg purchasing procedures, and document organization, retention and location. c. Following that meeting a focus would be made during August to supplement outstanding requests for production with documents maintained at Fort Hood in accordance with Plaintiff's outstanding requests for production. By September 15, 2005, the parties will submit a supplemental status report detailing the document production with respect to the other MTFs. d. The parties may continue to serve other requests for production and requests for admissions that are not inconsistent with the orderly production of information by the MTFs.

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4. Depositions a. During the fact discovery period, Plaintiff intends to take up to 8 depositions of entities or persons under the control of Defendant. At least one of those

depositions is expected to be a 30(b)(6) deposition of the Defendant. The parties have not agreed on the scope of any 30(b)(6) deposition and the Defendant is reserving its rights to object to any proposed scope. Each person produced

pursuant to the 30(b)(6) notice will be protected by the 7-hour time limit unless otherwise agreed by counsel or modified by court order. b. Absent a stipulation by the Government as to admissibility of the records produced by the med/surg vendors and C.I.T., Plaintiff may take (via oral deposition or deposition on written questions) "prove up" depositions of such entities. c. Plaintiff intends to continue the oral deposition of Mr. William Bandy, former president of Plaintiff. Absent an agreement with the Defendant, Plaintiff may seek leave to exceed the 7-hour time limit for this deposition. d. Plaintiff intends to take a 30(b)(6) deposition of Henry Schein, Inc. 5. Request for Additional time to complete fact discovery and expert discovery. a. The parties propose the following discovery schedule: i. December 15, 2005 to complete fact discovery; ii. January 18, 2006 Plaintiff to provide Rule 26(b)(2) disclosures; iii. February 28, 2006 for Defendant to depose Plaintiff's experts and provide Rule 26(b) disclosures; and iv. April 11, 2006 for Plaintiff to depose Defendant's experts.

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Signed July 15, 2005. Respectfully submitted,

s/ Frank L. Broyles Frank L. Broyles State Bar No. 03230500 Goins, Underkofler, Crawford & Langdon, LLP 1201 Elm Street 4800 Renaissance Tower Dallas, Texas 75270 (214) 969-5454 (214) 969-5902 Fax Attorneys for Plaintiff

(signature of counsel for Defendant to be separately filed)

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