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1.380 Failure to Make Discovery, Sanctions

(a) Motion for Order Compelling Discovery. Upon reasonable notice to other parties and all persons affected, a party may apply for an order compelling discovery as follows:

(1) Appropriate Court. An application for an order to a party may be made to the court in which the action is pending or in accordance with rule 1.310(d). An application for an order to a deponent who is not a party shall be made to the circuit court where the deposition is being taken.

(2) Motion. If a deponent fails to answer a question propounded or submitted under rule 1.310 or 1.320, or a corporation or other entity fails to make a designation under rule 1.310(b)(6) or 1.320(a), or a party fails to answer an interrogatory submitted under rule 1.340, or if a party in response to a request for inspection submitted under rule 1.350 fails to respond that inspection will be permitted as requested or fails to permit inspection as requested, or if a party in response to a request for examination of a person submitted under rule 1.360(a) objects to the examination, fails to respond that the examination will be permitted as requested, or fails to submit to or to produce a person in that party's custody or legal control for examination, the discovering party may move for an order compelling an answer, or a designation or an order compelling inspection, or an order compelling an examination in accordance with the request. The motion must include a certification that the movant, in good faith, has conferred or attempted to confer with the person or party failing to make the discovery in an effort to secure the information or material without court action. When taking a deposition on oral examination, the proponent of the question may complete or adjourn the examination before applying for an order. If the court denies the motion in whole or in part, it may make such protective order as it would have been empowered to make on a motion made pursuant to rule 1.280(c).

(3) Evasive or Incomplete Answer. For purposes of this subdivision an evasive or incomplete answer shall be treated as a failure to answer.

(4) Award of Expenses of Motion. If the motion is granted and after opportunity for hearing, the court shall require the party or deponent whose conduct necessitated the motion or the party or counsel advising the conduct to pay to the moving party the reasonable expenses incurred in obtaining the order that may include attorneys' fees, unless the court finds that the movant failed to certify in the motion that a good faith effort was made to obtain the discovery without court action, that the opposition to the motion was justified, or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust. If the motion is denied and after opportunity for hearing, the court shall require the moving party to pay to the party or deponent who opposed the motion the reasonable expenses incurred in opposing the motion that may include attorneys' fees, unless the court finds that the making of the motion was substantially justified or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust. If the motion is granted in part and denied in part, the court may apportion the reasonable expenses incurred as a result of making the motion among the parties and persons.

(b) Failure to Comply with Order.

(1) If a deponent fails to be sworn or to answer a question after being directed to do so by the court, the failure may be considered a contempt of the court.

(2) If a party or an officer, director, or managing agent of a party or a person designated under rule 1.310(b)(6) or 1.320(a) to testify on behalf of a party fails to obey an order to provide or permit discovery, including an order made under subdivision (a) of this rule or rule 1.360, the court in which the action is pending may make any of the following orders:

(A) An order that the matters regarding which the questions were asked or any other designated facts shall be taken to be established for the purposes of the action in accordance with the claim of the party obtaining the order.

(B) An order refusing to allow the disobedient party to support or oppose designated claims or defenses, or prohibiting that party from introducing designated matters in evidence.

(C) An order striking out pleadings or parts of them or staying further proceedings until the order is obeyed, or dismissing the action or proceeding or any part of it, or rendering a judgment by default against the disobedient party.

(D) Instead of any of the foregoing orders or in addition to them, an order treating as a contempt of court the failure to obey any orders except an order to submit to an examination made pursuant to rule 1.360(a)(1)(B) or subdivision (a)(2) of this rule.

(E) When a party has failed to comply with an order under rule 1.360(a)(1)(B) requiring that party to produce another for examination, the orders listed in paragraphs (A), (B), and (C) of this subdivision, unless the party failing to comply shows the inability to produce the person for examination. Instead of any of the foregoing orders or in addition to them, the court shall require the party failing to obey the order to pay the reasonable expenses caused by the failure, which may include attorneys' fees, unless the court finds that the failure was justified or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust.

(c) Expenses on Failure to Admit. If a party fails to admit the genuineness of any document or the truth of any matter as requested under rule 1.370 and if the party requesting the admissions thereafter proves the genuineness of the document or the truth of the matter, the requesting party may file a motion for an order requiring the other party to pay the requesting party the reasonable expenses incurred in making that proof, which may include attorneys' fees. The court shall issue such an order at the time a party requesting the admissions proves the genuineness of the document or the truth of the matter, upon motion by the requesting party, unless it finds that (1) the request was held objectionable pursuant to rule 1.370(a), (2) the admission sought was of no substantial importance, or (3) there was other good reason for the failure to admit.

(d) Failure of Party to Attend at Own Deposition or Serve Answers to Interrogatories or Respond to Request for Inspection. If a party or an officer, director, or managing agent of a party or a person designated under rule 1.310(b)(6) or 1.320(a) to testify on behalf of a party fails (1) to appear before the officer who is to take the deposition after being served with a proper notice, (2) to serve answers or objections to interrogatories submitted under rule 1.340 after proper service of the interrogatories, or (3) to serve a written response to a request for inspection submitted under rule 1.350 after proper service of the request, the court in which the action is pending may take any action authorized under paragraphs (A), (B), and (C) of subdivision (b)(2) of this rule. Any motion specifying a failure under clause (2) or (3) of this subdivision shall include a certification that the movant, in good faith, has conferred or attempted to confer with the party failing to answer or respond in an effort to obtain such answer or response without court action. Instead of any order or in addition to it, the court shall require the party failing to act to pay the reasonable expenses caused by the failure, which may include attorneys' fees, unless the court finds that the failure was justified or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust. The failure to act described in this subdivision may not be excused on the ground that the discovery sought is objectionable unless the party failing to act has applied for a protective order as provided by rule 1.280(c).

 

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Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
1.010 Scope and Title of Rules
1.030 Nonverification of Pleadings
1.040 One Form of Action
1.050 When Action Commenced
1.060 Transfers of Actions
1.061 Choice of Forum
1.070 Process
1.080 Service of Pleadings and Papers
1.090 Time
1.100 Pleadings and Motions
1.110 General Rules of Pleading
1.120 Pleading Special Matters
1.130 Attaching Copy of Cause of Action and Exhibits
1.140 Defenses
1.150 Sham Pleadings
1.160 Motions
1.170 Counterclaims and Crossclaims
1.180 Third-party Practice
1.190 Amended and Supplemental Pleadings
1.200 Pretrial Procedure
1.201 Complex Litigation
1.210 Parties
1.220 Class Actions
1.221 Homeowners and Condominium Assocs
1.222 Mobile Homeowners Assoc
1.230 Intervention
1.240 Interpleader
1.250 Misjoinder and Nonjoinder of Parties
1.260 Survivor, Substitution of Parties
1.270 Consolidation, Separate Trials
1.280 General Provisions Governing Discovery
1.290 Depositions Before Action or Pending Appeal
1.300 Persons Before Whom Depositions May Be Taken
1.310 Depositions Upon Oral Examination
1.320 Depositions Upon Written Questions
1.330 Use of Depositions in Court Proceedings
1.340 Interrogatories to Parties
1.350 Production of Documents and Things and Entry Upon Land for Inspection
1.351 Production of Documents and Things Without Deposition
1.360 Examination of Persons
1.370 Requests for Admission
1.380 Failure to Make Discovery, Sanctions
1.390 Depositions of Expert Witnesses
1.410 Subpoena
1.420 Dismissal of Actions
1.430 Demand for Jury Trial, Waiver
1.431 Trial Jury
1.440 Setting Action for Trial
1.442 Proposals for Settlement
1.450 Evidence
1.452 Questions by Jurors
1.455 Juror Notebooks
1.460 Continuances
1.470 Exceptions Unnecessary, Jury Instructions
1.480 Motion for a Directed Verdict
1.481 Verdicts
1.490 Magistrates
1.500 Defaults and Final Judgments Thereon
1.510 Summary Judgment
1.520 View
1.525 Motions For Costs and Attorneys Fees
1.530 Motions For New Trial and Rehearing; Amendments of Judgments
1.540 Relief from Judgment, Decrees or Orders
1.550 Executions and Final Process
1.560 Discovery in Aid of Execution
1.570 Enforcement of Final Judgments
1.580 Writ of Possession
1.590 Process in Behalf of and Against Persons Not Parties
1.600 Deposits in Court
1.610 Injunctions
1.620 Receivers
1.625 Proceedings Against Surety on Judicial Bonds
1.630 Extraordinary Remedies
1.650 Medical Malpractice Presuit Screening Rule
1.700 Rules Common to Mediation and Arbitration
1.710 Mediation Rules
1.720 Mediation Procedures
1.730 Completion of Mediation
1.750 County Court Actions
1.800 Exclusion From Arbitration
1.810 Selection and Compensation of Arbitrators
1.820 Hearing Procedures for Non-binding Arbitration
1.830 Voluntary Binding Arbitration
1.900 Forms
 
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