453 A.2d 107 (1982)

Homer L. BRYAN and Judith Bryan, husband and wife, Plaintiffs, v. THOS. BEST & SONS, INC., a Delaware corporation, and Sperry Corporation, a Delaware corporation, t/a Sperry New Holland, Defendants.

Superior Court of Delaware, Sussex County.

Decided July 20, 1982.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard F. Stokes of Tunnell & Raysor, Georgetown, for plaintiffs.

Richard W. Pell, of Tybout, Redfearn, Casarino & Pell, Wilmington, for defendant Sperry, Inc.


TEASE, Judge.

In this personal injury action based upon the alleged manufacturing defects in an automatic bale wagon, Bryan demands that the defendant Sperry Corporation, T/A Sperry New Holland (Sperry) disclose its net worth, 1981 earnings, and its 1981 tax returns, in aid of Bryan's claim for punitive damages. Sperry seeks a protective order, arguing that plaintiffs must first make a prima facie showing of their right to punitive damages.


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