Anton Piller order



  • A court order allowing a plaintiff to go to someone's premises and seize documents (entry must be with that person's permission, but if refused would be a contempt of court). Used in extreme cases when a prospective defendant might destroy documents, especially computer files, if they knew a court case was coming.


Similar words

  • search order


  • Named after the 1976 British case of Anton Piller KG v Manufacturing Processes Limited, a leading case on the issuance of such orders (Anton Piller KG, the plaintiff and party requesting the order, was a German manufacturing firm).

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