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Dorsaneo, Texas Litigation Guide
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Discovery Sanctions


Professor William V. Dorsaneo III

Chapter Summary


This chapter from Dorsaneo, Texas Litigation Guide, discusses the methods used to regulate the discovery process and to deter and punish abuse of discovery procedures. It covers motions to compel and motions for sanctions. It also details the special sanctions for failure to supplement discovery responses to written discovery.

The chapter reviews the objectives of discovery sanctions: to obtain compliance, deter discovery misconduct, and punish violators of discovery rules. It discusses sanctionable conduct, including a party's failure to comply with a discovery request or order and false certification of discovery documents. The chapter explains in detail the available sanctions, such as monetary, community service, and injunctive sanctions. It also describes limitations on a court's power to impose sanctions and appellate review of sanction orders.

The chapter provides a procedural guide outlining the steps for filing a motion to compel or a motion for sanctions, as well as for opposing a motion to compel or a motion for sanctions. It includes numerous forms used in the process, including motions to compel discovery, motions to impose sanctions, an opposition to a motion to compel, a response to a motion to exclude testimony, and related orders. The chapter also sets forth a research guide with links to related federal and state statutory provisions, state procedural rules, case law, law reviews, periodicals, and texts.

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See Chapter 90 for an overview of the discovery rules and a detailed discussion of the scope of discovery, limits on discovery, and privileges.

See Chapter 92 for information on discovery relating to experts.

See Chapter 93 for information regarding requests for production and subpoenas.

See Chapter 94 for information on oral and written depositions.

See Chapter 97 for information on resisting discovery.


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