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> FEATURE

Protective Orders:

How I Learned to
and Love O.C.G.A.
BY ALYSSA BASKAM

Be on guard against
provisions that would
shift the burden to
you, such as "contest"
provisions requiring the
plaintiff to show why
a document should not
be confidential under
the order instead of
requiring the defendant
to show why a
document should be
confidential. The burden
is theirs, not yours.

I

t's go time. You've filed your case. You served discovery with the complaint. You are ready to
move. Forty-five days pass and you receive in response-Defendant will produce responsive
requests subject to a protective order.
Most trial lawyers have received this

makes clear that if a party does not respond to

response and felt their case's momentum

discovery requests and does not file a motion

dwindle as they begrudgingly negotiate

for protective order, their inadequate dis-

protective order provisions. It is easy to

covery responses will not be excused under

believe you have no bargaining power when

Georgia law. See e.g. Georgia Cash Am., Inc.

the other side refuses to produce respon-

v. Strong, 286 Ga. App. 405, 411-15 (2007) ("A

sive documents until that protective order

party's failure to comply with discovery will

is inked.

not be excused on the ground that the discov-

However, O.C.G.A. § 9-11-26(c) on its face

ery sought is objectionable unless the party

and the case law applying it work to limit

applied for a protective order under OCGA §

their use and breadth of protective orders.

9-11-26(c)."). (physical precedent only)

Here are some ways to use those to your
advantage.

As stated by Judge Wayne M. Purdom,
the proper time to file a motion is before dis-

"Upon motion by a party or by the person

covery is due. See Ga Civil Discovery § 4.8_

from whom discovery is sought and for good

"[t]he timing of the motion for a protective

cause shown, the court in which the action

order is important. The motion must be filed

is pending or, alternatively, on matters relat-

before the due date for the discovery or the

ing to a deposition, the court in the county

date that the deposition is to be taken, and

where the deposition is to be taken may make

not afterwards. If the discovering party files

any order which justice requires to protect

a motion to compel, the responding party

a party or person from annoyance, embar-

cannot then seek a protective order. A motion

rassment, oppression, or undue burden or

for a protective order filed after the court

expense . . ."

rules on the motion to compel should not be

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granted. See also Tandy Corp. v. McCrimmon,

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Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

O.C.G.A. § 9-11-26(C)

183 Ga. App. 744, 745-46 (1987) (upholding

REQUIRES A TIMELY MOTION

trial court's finding that appellant waived

Defendants regularly insist on protec-

its right to object to producing documents by

tive orders before properly responding to

failing to raise objections before the produc-

discovery requests. However, Georgia law

tion deadline).



Verdict - Summer 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Summer 2018

President’s Message
How I Obtained Justice: Hicks vs. MARTA: Turning A No Offer Case Into A $11,250,000 Jury Verdict
Preserving Objections To Expert Witness Qualifications In Deposition
Poor Memory or Pernicious Prevaricator: Dealing With False Statements in Depositions
Protective Orders: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love O.C.G.A. § 9-11-26(c)
Clip & Save: Depo Objection Cheat Sheet
Privilege Logs – What Are They and What is Required?
Why I Videotape Depositions
Dig In To Do Good: Howard Spiva: Protecting America’s Children
Professional Practice Pointers: Next Time, Try Talking Instead of Technology
New Lawyers’ Corner: How to Write Discovery-Dispute Letters
Book Review: Why You Should Read: Tommy Malone Trial Lawyer, by Vincent Coppola
Case Updates
Workers’ Comp
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Champion Members
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Intro
Verdict - Summer 2018 - cover1
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Verdict - Summer 2018 - President’s Message
Verdict - Summer 2018 - How I Obtained Justice: Hicks vs. MARTA: Turning A No Offer Case Into A $11,250,000 Jury Verdict
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 11
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Verdict - Summer 2018 - Preserving Objections To Expert Witness Qualifications In Deposition
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 18
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 19
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Poor Memory or Pernicious Prevaricator: Dealing With False Statements in Depositions
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Verdict - Summer 2018 - Protective Orders: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love O.C.G.A. § 9-11-26(c)
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 29
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 30
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Clip & Save: Depo Objection Cheat Sheet
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Privilege Logs – What Are They and What is Required?
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 33
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 34
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Why I Videotape Depositions
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 36
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Dig In To Do Good: Howard Spiva: Protecting America’s Children
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Professional Practice Pointers: Next Time, Try Talking Instead of Technology
Verdict - Summer 2018 - New Lawyers’ Corner: How to Write Discovery-Dispute Letters
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 40
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Book Review: Why You Should Read: Tommy Malone Trial Lawyer, by Vincent Coppola
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Case Updates
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Workers’ Comp
Verdict - Summer 2018 - 44
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Champion Members
Verdict - Summer 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Summer 2018 - cover3
Verdict - Summer 2018 - cover4
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