What are permissible questions in pretrial financial discovery in cases involving punitive damages.

Asked about 3 years ago - Reno, NV

Are tax returns privileged information?

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  1. Michael Brian Lee

    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . No, the tax returns should be fair game unless you can show some type of protectable interest that would warrant a protection order.

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  2. Pamela Koslyn

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . If liability has been established for a claim involving punitive damages, then a judge will allow financial disclosures so that punitive damages based on the liable party's net weatth can be awarded.

    The liable party can be asked to provide P&L statements, loan applications, divorce disclosures (which are provided under oath) bank statements, real estate records, etc. Some of these are public records, so your lawyer should be able to verify this information by getting these directly from the sources.

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