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Court watch: preliminary discovery


Cairns, B, Court watch: preliminary discovery, Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice, 10, (2) pp. 120-125. ISSN 1839-4574 (2021) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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In most jurisdictions the court can make an order for preliminary discovery if a party reasonably believes it may have a right to relief against an identified person but does not have sufficient information to decide whether to sue. This note discusses whether an order for preliminary discovery in the federal Court extends to documents that not only may assist the applicant to decided whether it may have right to relief but ask whether it may be worthwhile to sue to discover that relief. This issue follows from the Full Federal Court decision in Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals v Samsung Bioeps AU Pty Ltd (Pfizer) and the subsequent decisions of Charlesworth J in BCI Media Group Pty Ltd v Corelogic Australia Pty Ltd (BCI) and Markovic J in Manolo Blahnik Worldwide Ltd v Estro Concept Pty Ltd (Manolo). These decisions illustrate some equivocation about whether Pfizer limits preliminary discovery in the Federal Court to documents relevant to the applicant's belief that it may have a right to relief and precludes discovery that is limited to quantum or whether it is worthwhile for the application to pursue a claim.

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Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:Identification and disclosure of documents in civil litigation
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Legal systems
Research Field:Civil procedure
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Civil justice
UTAS Author:Cairns, B (Dr Bernard Cairns)
ID Code:148697
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-02-03
Last Modified:2022-04-07
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