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Discovery and propounding party question

San Luis Obispo, CA |

There are two defendants in my case. If Defendants plural served discovery(special interrogatories, document production, requests for admission) on me, and stated that the propounding party was Defendants plural and then the short title of the case which is the first defendant's name, and the proof of service says the same thing, and the caption to the right of the case title on the first page says the same thing, Defendants plural, then is the propounding party both defendants?
The short title of the case is the name of the company I'm suing, and the owner of the company as an individual is the second defendant.

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If the discovery says it is "defendants' " (note the apostrophe after the "s") then it is discovery being served by both defendants. If the apostrophe is in front of the "s" then it is singular and the discovery is only coming from one defendant and you will have to read it closely to figure out which one. Still, the court can allow more interrogatories, etc, when requested, if your point is the limit on the number of interrogatories or admission requests. Lawyers don't always pay careful attention to the rules of grammar and I often see this error. I wouldn't pay it too much mind. If this answer was helpful, please give it a Vote UP review below. Thanks for asking and good luck.

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Great answer! There's no apostraphe. And there's no apostraphe after the company's name in the proof of service or in the caption to the right of the title.


The answer to the question of who is the propounding party is found where it says PROPOUNDING PARTY: immediately below the title of the case on the first page of the discovery requests. It is not necessarily what the caption says, nor what the short title of the case says.

Therefore, look for where it says:


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Honestly, it probably does not matter, unless the defendants have exceeded the allowable number of requests.

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