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2010 Handbook on Discovery Practice, Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar & Conferences of the Circuit and County Courts Judges

2010 Handbook on Discovery Practice, Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar & Conferences of the Circuit and County Courts Judges

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Published by FloridaLegalBlog
Also Available At http://goo.gl/eNPfV and Published by: Joint Committee of
The Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar
and Conferences of the Circuit
and County Courts Judges
Also Available At http://goo.gl/eNPfV and Published by: Joint Committee of
The Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar
and Conferences of the Circuit
and County Courts Judges

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2010HANDBOOKON DISCOVERYPRACTICE
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii Chapter 1: The Trial Judge Has the Weapons to Combat DiscoveryAbuse It Is Only a Matter of When and How to Use Them. . . . . .1Expenses of Motion to Compel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Inherent Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Contempt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Objective of Sanctions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Sanctions for Failure to Obey Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Due Process and Findings of Fact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Destruction of Evidence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Ability to Defend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Clarity of Order; Issuance and Service . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Severity of Sanctions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14Damages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Appellate Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19Exclusion of Expert Witness Opinions . . . . . . . . . . . . .20Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23Chart of Selected Cases on Dismissal forFraud on the Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24Chapter 2: Available Remedies for Failure to Comply withDiscovery Requests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32In General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32Interrogatories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39Production of Documents and Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Request for Admissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44Work Product, Attorney-Client Privilege, and Trade Secrets . 44Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Chapter 3: Effect on Pending Discovery of a Motion for Protective Order. . 49Issue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Applicable Rules. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Florida Case Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Chapter 4: “Speaking Objections” and Inflammatory Statements ata Deposition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55Case Law under Federal Rule 30(d)(1) . . . . . . . . . . . 56Other Case Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58Chapter 5: Instructing a Witness Not to Answer Questions at a Deposition . 63
 
 
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Chapter 6: Remedy for Production of Documents by a Nonpartyin Response to Copy of Unissued Subpoena . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75Chapter 7: Compulsory Medical Examinations andDiscovery of Examiner Bias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77Issue 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80Issue 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80Issue 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84Chapter 8: Obtaining Psychological Records When Pain andSuffering Are at Issue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87Issue 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91Issue 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92Chapter 9:
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Identification of Other Culpable Parties:When Should It Be Done? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93Chapter 10: Electronic Discovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97Law, Policy, and Principles of Electronic Discovery . . . . . 101A Framework for the Trial Lawyer Facing E-Discovery . . . 102Duties of Attorney and Client Regarding Preservation of ESI 105Collection and Review of ESI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110Conferring with Opposing Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111Inspection of Client Computers and Equipment . . . . . . . 111Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114Chapter 11: Discovery of Lawyer-Client Privileged Communications . . . . 115Privilege Logs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115Inadvertent Disclosure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116Third Party Bad Faith Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119Examination Under Oath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119Review of Privileged Documents for Deposition . . . . . . . 120

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