Duquesne Law Review


This article addresses the question of when and how information concerning a defendant's financial worth should be disclosed in a claim for punitive damages. The author examines the methods currently used for disclosing this information and argues that the question of discovery of a defendant's wealth should be resolved only after discovery on the merits is concluded. The author rejects other approaches as inadequate, and asserts specifically that a plaintiff should have to prove in a "mini-trial" a prima facie case of a triable issue concerning the defendant's liability for punitive damages before the discovery is allowed.

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