Regarding Discovery propounded to a plaintiff, a corporation, can the discovery responses be provided only by a lawyer?

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Regarding Discovery propounded to a plaintiff, a corporation, can/may the discovery responses be provided only by a lawyer? In other words, is it correct for the plaintiff's attorney to object/answer all the questions, sign the response (without having any personal knowledge of the contents), and -not- provide any signature/identification of an agent/employee of the plaintiff?

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  1. Nicholas Basil Spirtos

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    Answered . An attorney can respond to discovery if the responses are nothing more than objections. Otherwise, the responses need to be made by a person with knowledge of the information who can verify those responses.

  2. John C. Orcutt III

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    Answered . I agree with the previous answers. Unless the response contains only objections, it is improper for an attorney alone to sign discovery responses.

    Also keep in mind that in California, a corporation cannot usually prosecute an action in Superior Court without being represented by an attorney. Make sure if you are a corporation involved in a lawsuit in California that you are represented by an attorney.

  3. John P Corrigan

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    Answered . If you are involved in litigation then ask your attorney who is defending you and dealing with opposing counsel on such matters. Whatever concerns you have are best presented to your lawyer.

    My answer is not intended to be giving legal advice and this topic can be a complex area where the advice of a... more

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