Not normally, and the reason is because the defendant’s financial
affairs only relates to the collectability on a judgment and usually has
nothing to do with the merits of a case. But there are exceptions –
as in fraudulent transfer cases where the movement of assets is the heart
of the case. Another instance where it is permitted is when the plaintiff
is suing for punitive damages. Then the defendant’s net worth is
relevant to the amount that would be considered appropriately punitive.