In accordance with Florida’s PIP Statute, Plaintiff State Farm informally requested discovery from Defendant MR Services pursuant to Fla. St. § 627.736(6)(b). MR Services informally responded, but only in part, and the responses were deemed inadequate and incomplete. State Farm petitioned the Court for an order permitting discovery.
MR Services argued that it need not fully respond to the discovery requests because State Farm could obtain the discovery it wanted from other cases pending in Broward County. The Court held that, while this may be true, it does not preclude discovery under the provisions of the PIP Statute.
The Court therefore granted the Motion to Allow Discovery and required that MR Services produce all documents and information requested by State Farm.
State Farm is thus entitled to:
- Take the depositions of Dr. Mark Gans, Gary Howle, and Stacy Howle
- Issue a third-party subpoena to LinkedIn for account information on subscriber Gary Howle
- Receive from MR Services complete income tax returns, financial statements, and balance sheets from 2008 through 2012
Click on the link to view the Order in State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. vs. MR Services, Inc., No. 16-2013-CA-1731-XXXX-MA (Fla. 4th Cir. Ct. 2014).