Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. v. Phillips County Circuit CourtAnnotate this Case
In a pending negligence case in Philips County, the Circuit Court entered an order compelling Petitioner Cooper Tire & Rubber Company to fully and completely respond to the discovery requests made by the plaintiffs. The underlying case was a product's liability action, in which the Plaintiffs alleged the Company made defective tires that were ultimately responsible for the death of several people. The Plaintiffs made 467 specific requests for Company documents and materials. The Company alleged that many of the requested materials contained trade secrets or otherwise protected information. In all, Plaintiffs requested thousands of pages of materials that would cost the Company significant time and manpower to review, redact and produce to the Plaintiffs. The Company moved the Court to grant it time, or to limit the number of plaintiffs’ requests. The Court denied the Company’s motions. The Company subsequently petitioned for a writ of certiorari, mandamus, prohibition, or other supervisory writ for relief from the Circuit Court’s rulings. The Supreme Court granted the Company certiorari to review the case. On review, the Supreme Court found the Circuit Court “grossly abused its discretion,” and vacated some of the Circuit Court’s rulings pertaining to discovery deadlines and the production of Company materials.