The defendants in a defamation of character suit filed last year by a former nurse at St. Anthony's Hospital against the hospital and a fellow nurse have filed a motion to compel.

St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Anthony's Health Center along with nurse Kathryn Hartmann filed their motion to compel July 15.

Ruth is set to hear the matter at 9 a.m. July 29.

Plaintiff John Doe is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and other relief.

He claims that Hartmann spread gossip that he touched an unconscious male patient inappropriately and that the hospital fired him based upon Hartmann's claims.

The defendants deny the allegations.

In the July 15 motion to compel, the defendants cite late discovery responses from Doe.

They also allege that Doe's responses to their interrogatories and production requests served in June were "wholly deficient in that they were either non-responsive or lacked any legal basis for an objection."

The hospital, health center, and Hartmann contend that Doe has not made any effort to resolve the discovery issues.

The defendants ask Ruth to order Doe to amend his answers and fully complete his required discovery responses.

Bob Perica represents the plaintiff.

Jill Luft and Melanie Renken represent the defendants.

The case is Madison case number 10-L-370.

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