Issue: Under the laws of Missouri, when may a party obtain a protective order?
Area of Law:
Litigation & Procedure
Protective order; Good cause; Burden
71 S.W.3d 602
Mo. R. Civ. P. 56.01(c)
The party seeking the protective order bears the burden of establishing good cause for one to be issued. Mo. R. Civ. P. 56.01(c); cf. State ex rel. Ford Motor Co. v. Messina, 71 S.W.3d 602, 607-09 (Mo. banc 2002) (good cause was shown to bar deposition of top Ford executives because, inter alia, inquiry was “tangential” and information was available through other means, the need for discovery was slight, and executives showed that having to appear for deposition would be burdensome, expensive and oppressive).
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