I live in Illinois -
I'm being sued for something I wrote as a comment on a discussion board.
The Plaintiff and I got in a disagreement, and what I thought was heated banter turned into me being sued for a million dollars.
Plaintiff's lawyer served me with my interrrogatories. I responded.
My attorney served Plaintiff with his set. He asked him to provide the names and dates of all his doctors that he has seen, meds he has to take (or taken) due to the fact that my post has cost this person severe anxiety,panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, etc.
Plaintiff responded that he would not answer these "personal"medical questions and the posts are damaging enough that he doesn't need to produce his medical/mental health background.
Here is my question... Can my attorney make a request to a judge to get his past mental/medical records?
If he can, what are the chances that the judge will release these private records?
I believe my attorney wants to prove that this man has (had) mental problems in the past, and we should be able to show that my posts weren't what "turned his life upside down" "Makes him think about suicide on a daily basis" and "has no reason to go on"
If the judge wont release his medical/mental health records, and Plaintiff will not respond with the questions, what do you think this means?
I mean, this man is asking for one million dollars and this does not include punitive damages.
And in case your wondering, the posts were on a message board that deals with a very popular t.v. show, and it was people just disagreeing about the contestants.
Please help with any advice, thank you very much.