The case of Block v Abbott Laboratories2 reflects the types of information requested in a subpoena,
the circumstances in which such a request might be made, and the responses
of journals and authors on receiving such a subpoena. In Block v Abbott Laboratories, a litigant requested information and documents.
The litigant requested "[a]ll documents relating to" a published article3 and letter to the editor,4
"including, without limitation, all correspondence, reviews, evaluations,
written comments and proposed or actual revisions." The word "document" was
defined "in the broadest sense of the term, . . . and shall include without
limitation all writings and recordings of every kind regardless of the medium
of storage, including all notes, summaries, correspondence, electronic mail,
drafts, attachments to documents and all copies of documents that are not
identical duplicates of the original, whether or not the original is in your
possession, custody or control."