Rule 26b

FRCP Rule 26(b)(1) 

(b) Discovery Scope and Limits.

(1) Scope in General. Unless otherwise limited by court order, the scope of discovery is as follows: Parties may obtain discovery regarding any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party’s claim or defense and proportional to the needs of the case, considering 

– the importance of the issues at stake in the action,

– the amount in controversy, 

– the parties’ relative access to relevant information, the parties’ resources,

– the importance of the discovery in resolving the issues, and

 – whether the burden or expense of the proposed discovery outweighs its likely benefit.

Information within this scope of discovery need not be admissible in evidence to be discoverable.