Court rejected answer months ago, because defendants didn't pay court fees and denied fee waiver because their income is over 8000. They are in process to fabricate a fee waiver, on advice of the judge? Now they respond to discovery I requested several months ago with that because there is no answer, they cannot respond to discovery request as they presume they can file a different answer on the deadline of January 16th and they presume the discovery is sought based on their answer, but it's mostly general discovery I requested.
I am not sure if there is a question in all your statements or not. Please rephrase and ask a specific question.
People come up with all kinds of crazy reasons why they can't respond to discovery requests. The question for you is how much do you really need those answers and is it worth filing a motion to compel. That is hard to answer without knowing more about your case and how important the discovery might or might not be. But in general I advise trying to work out all discovery problems with the other side. Find out what they are willing to produce voluntarily and see if you can live with that.
Your remedy for a litigant who won't answer discovery is a motion to compel responses, however if the other party has not made a formal appearance in the case, it may be challenging to have that motion heard. You've created this challenge by serving discovery before they filed their answer. If this is an important matter to you, you should probably consider hiring an attorney to help you. The procedural aspects of litigation can be very confusing and difficult to navigate on your own.
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