You’ve sent discovery requests, but your opponent has not responded. The time for responding has passed,
and you’re still waiting. Maybe your opponent sent you several huge boxes of unorganized documents in response to what you thought was a simple request. Or, they asserted a blanket (general) objection to your discovery requests. How do you make your opponent play by the rules? Short of taking them by the neck and demanding answers, use a Motion to Compel Answers to Discovery or Motion to Compel Better Answers.
With discovery, you can gather a huge amount of evidence from your opponent, including names and contact information for witnesses, caretakers, company owners, and more. You can get medical information and credit scores, eating habits and employment records.
Discovery can help you get a settlement you like. Done well, it can help you avoid watching your opponent walk away with a win. So, one thing you don’t want is for your opponent to leave your discovery requests unanswered.
Checklist for the Motion to Compel (Movant)
discovery responses are in.
Writing the Motion
____ Consider moving for monetary sanctions if discovery abuses are egregious. If you feel the respondent is intentionally obstructing the discovery process, don’t hesitate to say so in your motion.
____ Schedule a hearing on your motion.