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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

District of Nevada Is Newest Federal Court to Adopt Short Trial Program

Brittany Kauffman
The District of Nevada adopted a Short Trial Program on March 11, 2013. The Short Trial Rules include the express purpose of expediting "civil trials (both bench trials and jury trials) through procedures designed to control the length of the trial, including, without limitation, restrictions on discovery, the use of...

District of Colorado Proposed Amendments May Foretell of Pilot Projects

Brittany Kauffman
The United States District Court for the District of Colorado announced proposed amendments to its Local Rules on March 7, 2013, which may foretell of pilot programs or other special projects in the District of Colorado's future. The proposed amendments are few, but include sections on "Pilot Programs or Special...

District of Oregon's Local Rules Amendments Incorporate Model Patent Order, Employment Protocols

Brittany Kauffman
On Monday, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon directed that local rule amendments that had previously been proposed and submitted for public comment take effect March 1, 2013. The amendments include adoption of two pilot projects that are being implemented around the country to focus and...

Study on Estimating the Cost of Civil Litigation Provides Insight into Court Access

Brittany Kauffman
The National Center for State Courts has developed a new model for estimating civil litigation costs, known as the Civil Litigation Cost Model. The model is based on the amount of time lawyers expend on various litigation tasks and their billing rates, which together provide a snapshot of “typical” costs, by task, for...

Minnesota Rule Amendments Aimed at Facilitating Cost Effective and Efficient Case Processing

Brittany Kauffman
The Minnesota Supreme Court has adopted amendments to its Rules of Civil Procedure and General Rules of Practice that are aimed at “facilitating more cost effective and efficient civil case processing.” The amendments, which take effect July 1, 2013, adopt many of the recommendations of the Civil Justice Reform Task...

Courts Champion Proportionality as a Benchmark for Curbing E-Discovery Costs

Brittany Kauffman
Today, numerous pilot projects are in various stages of consideration and implementation around the country, with proportionality in discovery a key theme among projects. In his recent article “Proportionality: The key to reducing corporation e-discovery costs,” Philip Favro recognizes this common theme and notes that...

Delaware Court of Chancery Amends Rules to "Account for Modern Discovery Demands"

Brittany Kauffman
The Delaware Court of Chancery has amended its Rules regarding discovery, effective January 1, 2013, to "account for modern discovery demands" and to bring the Court’s rules in line with "current practice." The Court has also expanded its Guidelines To Help Practitioners In The Court of Chancery to include guidelines...

Western District of Washington's New Local Rules Promote Efficiency for Discovery and Trial

Brittany Kauffman
The Western District of Washington has amended its Local Civil Rules, which include their express purpose of promoting “the just, efficient, speedy, and economical determination of every action and proceeding.” Local Rule 26(f) states that the proportionality standard set forth in Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(2)(C) “must be...