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231 Pa. Code Rule 4003.8. Pre-Complaint Discovery.

Rule 4003.8. Pre-Complaint Discovery.

 (a) A plaintiff may obtain pre-complaint discovery where the information sought is material and necessary to the filing of the complaint and the discovery will not cause unreasonable annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, burden or expense to any person or party.

 (b) Upon a motion for protective order or other objection to a plaintiff’s pre-complaint discovery, the court may require the plaintiff to state with particularity how the discovery will materially advance the preparation of the complaint. In deciding the motion or other objection, the court shall weigh the importance of the discovery request against the burdens imposed on any person or party from whom the discovery is sought.


   The provisions of this Rule 4003.8 adopted September 20, 2007, effective November 1, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 5374.

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