Fishing Expedition


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Fishing Expedition

Also known as a "fishing trip." Using the courts to find out information beyond the fair scope of the lawsuit. The loose, vague, unfocused questioning of a witness or the overly broad use of the discovery process. Discovery sought on general, loose, and vague allegations, or on suspicion, surmise, or vague guesses. The scope of discovery may be restricted by protective orders as provided for by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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"But at the same time, we don't indulge in a broad fishing expedition which then becomes a reason for banks to get worried about making loans which then hamper the recovery as well as the absolutely important investment in infrastructure that have to take place.
That the fishing expeditions, the selective gathering of material and witnesses, is all of a piece, part of a process not aimed at arriving at the truth of the alleged event, but at trying to indict me no matter what the facts." The India Today Group spoke to IO Sunita Sawant, who is heading the probe in the Tejpal case.
China dispatched the largest ever fishing fleet, consisting of a 3,000-tonne supply ship, a protective patrol vessel and 28 other ships, to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea for a five to-ten day fishing expedition. China made this move despite tension with its neighbors; Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines, who con-test China's domination of the area.
Bear finds this out when, during a fishing expedition, he hooks a small iceberg on which stands a polar bear.
SNAP responded in a court filing April 6, writing that any more attempts to depose Clohessy would amount to a "true fishing expedition."
ANZ, which has the biggest Vanuatu operation of Australia's four largest banks, has lodged a complaint with the Federal Court claiming that the ATO was engaged in a 'fishing expedition' as part of its crackdown on tax avoidance.
A MEMBER of a two man fishing expedition was rescued by a lifeboat crew after becoming seriously sea sick.
Some EU-subsidised tuna vessels over 100 metres long fish in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and can catch 3,000 tonnes of tuna per fishing expedition. Several have been caught fishing illegally, alleges Greenpeace.
They agreed to meet on the shore at 8pm after the fishing expedition and when Polleos failed to make the rendezvous his friends called the rescue services.
A FISHING expedition proved quite a catch with amateur anglers in Coulby Newham.
Thompson of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver reports that a recent "fishing expedition" revealed a gene that coordinates the microbe's internal resistance against many different classes of antibiotics.
The Bush administration only faces problems with wiretapping calls when the calls are probably not being made by terrorists--when the executive branch goes on a fishing expedition with taps on all Americans' phone lines.