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In reading California Code of Civil Procedure Section 2030.020 I see the first line says a defendant can propound discovery at any time without leave of the court.
The next part says plaintiff has a ten day hold after service before he/she/it can propound discovery without an court order.
It would seem that if defendant knows a suit has been filed, could send discovery (by mail?) and require responses before ever having to appear in the suit depending when service is made on him/her/it; especially for setting a deposition which only requires ten days notice if served personally.
I' thinking the argument is that the legislature intentionally omitted any limits in the first line of CCP 2030.020.
Anyone else know something on-point or have input?And if I read the Code right, defendant can propound discovery even before served. Yes?