A motion for discovery is simply answered as follows: (1) A motion is simply a formal court document filed with the Court requesting whatever action you have outlined in that pleading...you are "making a motion" to the court for X,Y,Z. (2) Discovery is simply asking the court for information pertaining to the case. You must have a certain interest in the matter, to allow you to have "standing" to make such motions in a case. Difficult to comment on what another lawyer told you. However, I...