Texas Supreme Court Rules Financial Interest of Non-Parties Offset Burdens of Discovery

Employees of contractors injured in a July 2019 explosion at ExxonMobil’s Baytown, Texas oil refinery filed nearly 60 lawsuits seeking more than $1 billion in damages. ExxonMobil subpoenaed medical providers who treated the plaintiffs and requested they disclose information about what they charged others for the same services. 

The trial court and 14th District Court of Appeals denied the discovery request because it placed too high a burden on the providers who were not parties to the lawsuit. The providers, however, would be paid out of the proceeds from the lawsuit. The Texas Supreme Court overturned both the lower court’s decisions. Read more about the case here:


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