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Poole ex rel. Elliot v. Textron

United States District Court for the District of Maryland
192 F.R.D. 494 (2000)


Facts

Ryan W. Poole (plaintiff) sued Textron, Inc. (Textron) (defendant) in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland for injuries caused by a defective golf car. Poole accused Textron of numerous discovery abuses. In response to requests for admissions, Textron answered and objected to each question. Textron failed to interview its own employees. Textron produced only one page of documents. Similarly, when asked for all advertisements its golf cars, Textron produced one brochure. Poole made several motions to compel discovery and test the sufficiency of answers and objections produced in response to his request for admission, which were granted. In response, Textron ultimately produced nearly 3,000 pages of documents and over 200 pages of advertising materials. Poole moved for sanctions and requested an award of attorneys’ fees of over $50,000. Textron argued that the additional $23,260 in attorneys’ fees it incurred in ultimately complying with the court’s discovery order was sanction enough.

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