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What is the next step if the Plaintiff does not comply with Defendant's request for documents and interrogatories?

Whitman, MA |

The order after pretrial conference states discovery should be completed by a certain date. That was almost 2 weeks ago and still have not received documents or answers. What should I do?

Attorney Answers 4

  1. Best answer

    Send a certified letter to them asking when you can expect to receive the materials requested. If still no response, file a motion to compel with the court.

    A. Will Vella is an Massachusetts licensed attorney who focuses his practice on small business, family issues, and small personal matters . This response is for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Additionally, this response does not create an attorney client relationship. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer in your state who practices in the appropriate area.

  2. I concur with attorney Vella, but would recommend that you add to your motion to compel a demand for sanctions and attorney fees, and possibly a motion to dismiss (depending on the case).

    This is not legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. You should speak to an attorney for further information.

  3. I agree with Attorney's Mason and Vella and would ask, where is your attorney and how come he or she isn't answering these questions for you? Best of luck!

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  4. You actually have a number of options here depending on the circumstances. You will first want to make a documented effort to bridge any areas of disagreement with the other party. If that does not work, you have the right to a dismissal procedure under Rule 33(a) concerning Interrogatories. You also have the right to bring a motion to compel in both instances. If your case is important to you, now may be a good idea to retain counsel and protect your interests.

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