BALTIMORE - A defendant offers only conclusory statements in support of its argument that asbestos plaintiffs' discovery request is overly broad, a Maryland federal judge held Nov. 16 in denying it a protective order (Dorothy A. Letcher, et al. v. Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., et al., No. 12-3051, D. Md.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163864).