Civ_Pro_Unknown2 - Discovery: Scope:FRCP26(b)[NEWRULE]

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Discovery: Scope:  FRCP 26(b)  [NEW RULE] Power:  Material may be discovered if it is: Relevant to the claim or defense of any party “Including existence, description, nature, custody, condition and location of …” Relevant information need not be admissible at the trial if the discovery appears reasonably  calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. Explanation of relevance should show how admissible evidence could arise from the requested  material. General information may lead to specific admissible evidence.   Material that can only lead to evidence proving something not pleaded/not raised below is not relevant.  Steffan v. Cheney (489) For good cause, the court may order material relevant to the subject matter Make a motion for the court to order. Exclusions Privilege, FRCP 26(b)(5): Privilege blocks information sources. “how fast did you tell your lawyer you were going” is not. In federal court,  Upjohn  defines extent of privilege in corporate employees:  discussions with  corporate counsel about actions within the scope of employment. May be waived by treating the information as non-privileged. Work Product, FRCP 26(b)(3):  Information prepared in anticipation of litigation or for trial or for  another party or that party’s representative discoverable if:   Hickman (525) Party seeking discovery has substantial need of the information Party is unable without undue hardship obtain equivalent information elsewhere Court will review the material to protect against disclosure of non-facts:  ideas, conclusions, theories  or opinions of the attorney. Pain in the ass, FRCP 26(b)(2)(1) – (iii):  Unreasonable cumulative, duplicative, obtainable from  other, less expensive source, party has already had ample opportunity through discovery to  obtain the information or the burden/expense outweighs the benefit. How To: To discover, send request to party or request and subpoena to non-party To avoid discovery, make 26(c) motion for protective order only after good faith effort made to  resolve the dispute without the judge. To compel discovery, make 37(a) motion after good faith effort to resolve the dispute.
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Civ_Pro_Unknown2 - Discovery: Scope:FRCP26(b)[NEWRULE]

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