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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

Magistrate Judge John Facciola (Ret.) Reflects on E-Discovery and the Impact of Technology

Brittany Kauffman
Retired Magistrate Judge John Facciola was recently featured in an interview on Legal Talk Network’s Digital Detectives. He has been referred to as one of the “rock star judges of e-discovery,” having authored over 700 opinions, many of them on e-discovery and the impact of information technology on Fourth Amendment...

Long-Awaited Results from Utah’s Statewide Rule Changes Reflect Positive Impact

Brittany Kauffman
The National Center for State Courts has released its final evaluation of Utah’s significant statewide changes to the rules governing disclosures and discovery, implemented in November 2011. The rule changes incorporate proportionality as a key principle governing the scope of discovery, include automatic initial...

Early Results from Minnesota Pilot Project Suggest Reduction in Delays

Brittany Kauffman
Early results from Minnesota’s Expedited Litigation Track (ELT) pilot program suggest a reduction in the delays generally caused by either the discovery process or the filing of continuances. The ELT provides a more expedited process for select civil cases (such as personal injury and consumer credit) in two counties...

Colorado Supreme Court Adopts Civil Rule Amendments, Leads on Federal Rule Amendments

Brittany Kauffman
The Colorado Supreme Court has adopted amendments to the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, effective July 1 for cases filed on or after July 1. The amendments are substantial and incorporate the best of Colorado’s Civil Access Pilot Project (CAPP) , taking into account a final evaluation of that project and...

IAALS Brings Together Leaders from the Plaintiffs’ Bar to Discuss Civil Justice Reform

Brittany Kauffman
This month, IAALS will convene a group of plaintiffs’ attorneys from Colorado and around the country to discuss the present and future impact of civil justice reform in the United States. Over the last ten years, there have been significant efforts at the state and federal level to address the issues of cost and delay...

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Highlights IAALS’ Work to “Right-Size” Litigation

Brittany Kauffman
IAALS and the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery and Civil Justice’s joint report, Reforming Our Civil Justice System: A Report on Progress & Promise , continues to garner attention at a national level. In its Civil Justice Playbook feature this month, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel features...

Supreme Court Adopts Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Brittany Kauffman
On April 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and submitted them to Congress. The long-awaited amendments, often described as a “package” of complementary amendments, focus on increasing cooperation, achieving proportionality in discovery, and encouraging...

Saving Our Juries, Increasing Access: Making the Case for the Faster Jury Trial

Brittany Kauffman
The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has long been a leader in preserving and promoting the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This week ABOTA hosts a National Jury Summit in San Francisco focused on saving our juries. The program will include discussion of...

The Civil Rules Advisory Committee: From Proposed Rule Amendments to Federal Pilot Projects

Brittany Kauffman
The 640-page Agenda Book reflects the broad range of matters currently being tackled by the federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee, which met in Washington, D.C., on April 9. Issues include the proposed rule amendments currently before the Supreme Court, the development of federal pilot projects , and a multitude of...