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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Mary Trahan’s husband and two other licensed pilots were killed in a plane crash in September 2003. Trahan sued StarFlite Management Group, where her husband and the others were all employees or independent contractors, for negligence. After taking the deposition of three individuals related to StarFlite, Trahan added them to her petition. David Trigg and his wife were added, as was a company owned by the David Trigg Children’s Trust. Trahan added allegations of single business enterprise, alter ego, fraudulent transfer and partnership. In the meantime, Trahan had also filed a motion for sanction, to re-depose some individuals and to continue a summary judgment hearing. The trial court denied motion for sanctions but granted the other two motions. Trahan then filed a motion to compel a complete response to discovery. She argued that, in order to be able to re-depose the individuals, it was necessary to have all of the responsive discovery material so that it could be reviewed and organized. She asked for cancelled checks, bank statements, credit card statements, tax returns, payroll withholding amounts, financial databases, attempts at buying insurance, partnership pay-outs, loans and justifications for each and every credit card payment. The trial court granted StarFlite’s special exceptions and urged Trahan to plead a more factual basis for her various allegations. The trial court did, however, orally grant Trahan’s motion to compel. Trahan conducted the second depositions. The trial court then filed a written order granting Trahan’s motion to compel. StarFlite filed for a writ of mandamus. StarFlite argues that the trial court’s order to compel is an abuse of discretion because: 1. disclosure of the requested documents violates the privacy rights of StarFlite and of others involved in the underlying litigation; 2. the discovery being sought is entirely irrelevant to any issue in the underlying litigation; 3. the requested discovery is entirely overbroad and harassing; and 4. the requested discovery on insurance matters is entirely outside the permissible scope of discovery. HOLDING:Writ conditionally granted. The court grumbles that a decision in this case is hindered by a record that does not include Trahan’s re-pleaded causes of action, as the scope of those causes of action would be relevant to the discovery requests. Further complicating the court’s decision is the fact that Trahan re-deposed the very same individuals that she insisted she could not do without the requested documents. Based on the pleading the court does have, the court points out that Trahan makes only a bare allegation of negligence. The allegations of alter ego and other means of piercing the corporate veil are not substantive causes of action. Though the court agrees with Trahan that her requests for discovery need not relate directly to only one of several named defendants, the court also notes that a proper discovery order must be reasonably tailored to include only relevant matters. “Without more specific information as to what documents or other financial information StarFlite has produced, and without a properly pleaded cause of action on Trahan’s part, we are constrained from further tailoring the [trial court's] order without first permitting [the trial court] to examine the newly generated”discovery and documents’ in light of Trahan’s newly-amended pleadings.” OPINION:Per curiam; McKeithen, C.J., Gaultney and Kreger, JJ.

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