Karen Hanover as always is trying to deceive you. She recently posted on her KarenHanover.com site that this is the week (4th Oct – 8 Oct, 2010 ) that I have discovery and I must turn over everything to her. NOT !!! LOL She must think she is above the law!
The part I find the funniest is where it says that the attorneys are to exchange all documents. Big mistake. It would only prove my point that Karen is a complete fraud. Very funny stuff! (see paragraphs highlighted in blue)
V. DEPOSITIONS AND DISCOVERY
RULE 26. GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING DISCOVERY
(a) Discovery Methods. At any time after the filing of a joint case conference report, or not sooner than 10 days after a party has filed a separate case conference report, or upon order by the court or discovery commissioner, any party who has complied with Rule 16.1(a)(1) may obtain discovery by one or more of the following additional methods: depositions upon oral examination or written questions; written interrogatories; production of documents or things or permission to enter upon land or other property under Rule 34 or Rule 45(a)(1)(C), for inspection and other purposes; physical and mental examinations; and requests for admission.
[As amended; effective January 1, 2005.]
(b) Discovery Scope and Limits. Unless otherwise limited by order of the court in accordance with these rules, the scope of discovery is as follows:
(1) In General. Parties may obtain discovery regarding any matter, not privileged, which is relevant to the subject matter involved in the pending action, whether it relates to the claim or defense of the party seeking discovery or to the claim or defense of any other party, including the existence, description, nature, custody, condition and location of any books, documents, or other tangible things and the identity and location of persons having knowledge of any discoverable matter. It is not ground for objection that the information sought will be inadmissible at the trial if the information sought appears reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. All discovery is subject to the limitations imposed by Rule 26(b)(2)(i), (ii), and (iii).
(2) Limitations. By order, the court may alter the limits in these rules or set limits on the number of depositions and interrogatories, the length of depositions under Rule 30 or the number of requests under Rule 36. The frequency or extent of use of the discovery methods otherwise permitted under these rules and by any local rule shall be limited by the court if it determines that: (i) the discovery sought is unreasonably cumulative or duplicative, or is obtainable from some other source that is more convenient, less burdensome, or less expensive; (ii) the party seeking discovery has had ample opportunity by discovery in the action to obtain the information sought; or (iii) the discovery is unduly burdensome or expensive, taking into account the needs of the case, the amount in controversy, limitations on the parties’ resources, and the importance of the issues at stake in the litigation. The court may act upon its own initiative after reasonable notice or pursuant to a motion under subdivision (c) of this rule.
RULE 16.1. MANDATORY PRE-TRIAL DISCOVERY REQUIREMENTS
[Effective February 1, 2006, this version of Rule 16.1 applies to all proceedings in the Family Division of the Second and Eighth Judicial District Courts and domestic relations cases in the judicial districts without a family division.]
(a) Attendance at Early Case Conference. Within thirty (30) days after service of the answer by the first answering defendant, and thereafter as each defendant answers the original complaint or an amended complaint, the attorneys for the parties, who must possess authority to act and knowledge of the case obtained after reasonable inquiry under the circumstances, shall meet in person for the purpose of complying with subdivision (b) of this rule. The attorney for the plaintiff shall designate the time and place of each meeting which must be held in the county where the action was filed, unless the parties agree upon a different location. The attorneys may agree to continue the time for the case conference for an additional period of not more than ninety (90) days. The court, in its discretion and for good cause shown, may also continue the time for the conference. Absent compelling and extraordinary circumstances, neither the court nor the parties may extend the time to a day more than one hundred and eighty (180) days after service of the summons and complaint upon the defendant in question. The time for holding a case conference with respect to a defendant who has filed a motion pursuant to Rule 12(b)(2)-(4) is tolled until entry of an order denying the motion.
(b) Meet and Confer Requirements; Mandatory Discovery Exchanges. At each case conference, the attorneys must:
(1) Exchange all documents then reasonably available to a party which are then contemplated to be used in support of the allegations or denials of the pleading filed by that party, including rebuttal and impeachment documents;
(2) Request with reasonable specificity from the opposing party all other documents, discoverable within the scope of Rule 26(b), that may support the allegations of the pleading filed by the requesting party, including rebuttal and impeachment documents. The opponent must (A) provide the additional documents, or (B) agree to provide the additional documents as soon as they are reasonably available, or (C) explain why the documents will not be provided;
(3) Identify, describe or produce all tangible things which constitute or contain matters within the scope of Rule 26(b) and, upon request, arrange for all other parties to inspect and copy, test or sample the same;
(4) Request to inspect and copy, test or sample any tangible things which constitute or contain matters within the scope of Rule 26(b) and which are in the possession, custody or control of another party. The party who has possession, custody or control of such tangible things must (A) provide the discovery requested, or (B) explain why it will not be provided;
(5) Exchange written lists of persons (other than expert witnesses or consultants) then known or reasonably believed to have knowledge of any facts relevant to the allegations of any pleading filed by any party to the action, including persons having knowledge of rebuttal or impeachment evidence. Each person must be identified by name and location, along with a general description of the subject matter of his testimony. Each party is under a continual duty to promptly supplement that party’s list of persons pursuant to this subsection;
(6) Propose a plan and schedule of discovery and make a reasonable effort to agree with opposing attorneys to provide all discovery requested, with any conditions or limitations thereon;
(7) Discuss settlement of the action and the use of extrajudicial procedures or alternative methods of dispute resolution to resolve the controversy; and
(8) Discuss such other matters as may aid in the disposition of the action.
[Added; effective February 1, 2006.]
RULE 16.1. MANDATORY PRETRIAL DISCOVERY REQUIREMENTS
[Applicable to all civil cases except proceedings in the Family Division of the Second and Eighth Judicial District Courts and domestic relations cases in the judicial districts without a family division.]
(a) Required Disclosures.
(1) Initial Disclosures. Except in proceedings exempted or to the extent otherwise stipulated or directed by order, a party must, without awaiting a discovery request, provide to other parties:
(A) The name and, if known, the address and telephone number of each individual likely to have information discoverable under Rule 26(b), including for impeachment or rebuttal, identifying the subjects of the information;
(B) A copy of, or a description by category and location of, all documents, data compilations, and tangible things that are in the possession, custody, or control of the party and which are discoverable under Rule 26(b);
(C) A computation of any category of damages claimed by the disclosing party, making available for inspection and copying as under Rule 34 the documents or other evidentiary matter, not privileged or protected from disclosure, on which such computation is based, including materials bearing on the nature and extent of injuries suffered; and
(D) For inspection and copying as under Rule 34 any insurance agreement under which any person carrying on an insurance business may be liable to satisfy part or all of a judgment which may be entered in the action or to indemnify or reimburse for payments made to satisfy the judgment and any disclaimer or limitation of coverage or reservation of rights under any such insurance agreement.
These disclosures must be made at or within 14 days after the Rule 16.1(b) conference unless a different time is set by stipulation or court order, or unless a party objects during the conference that initial disclosures are not appropriate in the circumstances of the action and states the objection in the Rule 16.1(c) case conference report. In ruling on the objection, the court must determine what disclosures—if any—are to be made, and set the time for disclosure. Any party first served or otherwise joined after the Rule 16.1(b) conference must make these disclosures within 30 days after being served or joined unless a different time is set by stipulation or court order. A party must make its initial disclosures based on the information then reasonably available to it and is not excused from making its disclosures because it has not fully completed its investigation of the case or because it challenges the sufficiency of another party’s disclosures or because another party has not made its disclosures.