The misuse of the discovery process by making unnecessary overbroad requests for information or by conducting discovery for an improper purpose is referred to as discovery abuse. Discovery abuse also covers discovery misuse and overuse. Discovery misuse would include direct violation of rules and more subtle attempts to harass or obstruct an opponent by giving obviously inadequate answers or by requesting information which clearly does not come with the scope of discovery.
Discovery overuse refers to asking for more discovery than what is needed or appropriate to the specific case. It can also include discovery that may be relevant but is simply excessive and discovery request that go into matters that are not connected with the case. Discovery abuse also means the failure to respond adequately to proper discovery requests. Discovery abuse is also termed as abuse of discovery.