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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT 

§ 13.221 

the information cannot reasonably be 
obtained using less burdensome dis-
covery methods or be obtained from 
other sources. 

(l)  Requests for admission. A party 

may serve a written request for admis-
sion of the truth of any matter within 
the scope of discovery under this sec-
tion or the authenticity of any docu-
ment described in the request. A party 
shall set forth each request for admis-
sion separately. A party shall serve 
copies of documents referenced in the 
request for admission unless the docu-
ments have been provided or are rea-
sonably available for inspection and 
copying. 

(1)  Time.  A party’s failure to respond 

to a request for admission, in writing 
and signed by the attorney or the 
party, not later than 30 days after serv-
ice of the request, is deemed an admis-
sion of the truth of the statement or 
statements contained in the request for 
admission. The administrative law 
judge may determine that a failure to 
respond to a request for admission is 
not deemed an admission of the truth if 
a party shows that the failure was due 
to circumstances beyond the control of 
the party or the party’s attorney. 

(2) Response. A party may object to a 

request for admission and shall state 
the reasons for objection. A party may 
specifically deny the truth of the mat-
ter or describe the reasons why the 
party is unable to truthfully deny or 
admit the matter. If a party is unable 
to deny or admit the truth of the mat-
ter, the party shall show that the party 
has made reasonable inquiry into the 
matter or that the information known 
to, or readily obtainable by, the party 
is insufficient to enable the party to 
admit or deny the matter. A party may 
admit or deny any part of the request 
for admission. If the administrative 
law judge determines that a response 
does not comply with the requirements 
of this rule or that the response is in-
sufficient, the matter is deemed admit-
ted. 

(3) Effect of admission. Any matter ad-

mitted or deemed admitted under this 
section is conclusively established for 
the purpose of the hearing and appeal. 

(m)  Motion to compel discovery. 

party may make a motion to compel 
discovery if a person refuses to answer 

a question during a deposition, a party 
fails or refuses to answer an interrog-
atory, if a person gives an evasive or 
incomplete answer during a deposition 
or when responding to an interrog-
atory, or a party fails or refuses to 
produce documents or tangible items. 
During a deposition, the proponent of a 
question may complete the deposition 
or may adjourn the examination before 
making a motion to compel if a person 
refuses to answer. 

(n)  Failure to comply with a discovery 

order or order to compel. If a party fails 
to comply with a discovery order or an 
order to compel, the administrative 
law judge, limited to the extent of the 
party’s failure to comply with the dis-
covery order or motion to compel, 
may: 

(1) Strike that portion of a party’s 

pleadings; 

(2) Preclude prehearing or discovery 

motions by that party; 

(3) Preclude admission of that por-

tion of a party’s evidence at the hear-
ing; or 

(4) Preclude that portion of the testi-

mony of that party’s witnesses at the 
hearing. 

[Amdt. 13–21, 55 FR 27575, July 3, 1990, as 
amended by Amdt. 13–23, 55 FR 45983, Oct. 31, 
1990] 

§ 13.221

Notice of hearing. 

(a)  Notice.  The administrative law 

judge shall give each party at least 60 
days notice of the date, time, and loca-
tion of the hearing. 

(b) Date, time, and location of the hear-

ing.  The administrative law judge to 
whom the proceedings have been as-
signed shall set a reasonable date, 
time, and location for the hearing. The 
administrative law judge shall consider 
the need for discovery and any joint 
procedural or discovery schedule sub-
mitted by the parties when deter-
mining the hearing date. The adminis-
trative law judge shall give due regard 
to the convenience of the parties, the 
location where the majority of the wit-
nesses reside or work, and whether the 
location is served by a scheduled air 
carrier. 

(c)  Earlier hearing. With the consent 

of the administrative law judge, the 
parties may agree to hold the hearing 

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