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March 2016 Archives

Chump Change: Avoiding Inflation of Punitive Damages by Restricting Discovery of Net Worth

Thumbnail image for 26271416_blog-Net Worth.jpgSince the Texas Supreme Court's 1988 Lunsford v. Morris decision, Plaintiffs claiming punitive damages have had the ability to obtain discovery about a Defendant's net worth. However, recent changes to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code ("the Code") have made discovery of net worth more difficult for Plaintiffs and given Defendants a chance to fight back. 

To Object or Not to Object: Withholding Privileged Materials under Rule 193.3(c)

Object.jpgWhen a party to a lawsuit receives a discovery request, the receiving party usually responds by (1) producing the requested material, (2) objecting to the discovery request based on some legal or factual grounds, or (3) asserting that the material is privileged and producing a privilege log to the requesting party. Regardless of which of these actions the responding party takes, the requesting party is then aware of the existence (or nonexistence) of responsive materials. However, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (TRCP) 193.3(c) allows for a responding party to remain completely silent about the existence of attorney communication made in anticipation of litigation. When utilized correctly, TRCP 193.3(c) is a powerful weapon behind which important-but-damaging information can be completely protected from the opposing party's prying eyes.

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