In Chudasama v. Mazda, what was the holding?
Plaintiff was alleging fraud here so discovery process was very large/required a lot of discovery. The district court didn’t impose any sanctions. The district court totally ignored the defendant here, and the defendant didn’t disclose anything. This case got remanded back to a district court from the appellate court. Sequence of this case:
- Plaintiff sent a ridiculous amount of broad interrogatories.
- Defendant objected to the interrogatory under Rule 33(b).
- This was the correct response, but it got no attention from the court.
- Court never responded to this objection/defendant should have filed for a 26(c) protective order.
- Defendant then filed a motion to dismiss the fraud claim. This should have been their original response.
- Court didn’t rule on this either.
- Defendant then wanted a protective order 26(c) for non-sharing, which means that if this info had to be introduced, it was not to be shared with the world.
- Then defendant entered self-help mode and withheld discovery.
- Plaintiff’s then filed a 37(a) motion to compel.
- This motion granted by the court.
- Defendant couldn’t deliver on time, and plaintiff filed a 37(b) sanction.
- Judge then gave harshest sanction to defendant, default judgment.
- Appellate court remanded to a new district judge.
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