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Blog Posts by Brittany Kauffman

Judicial Conference Forwards "Significant" Proposed Federal Rule Amendments to Supreme Court

Brittany Kauffman
On Tuesday, September 16, the Judicial Conference of the United States forwarded the proposed rule amendments to the Supreme Court with the recommendation that they be adopted. The announcement recognized that these amendments represent “significant” proposals designed to promote the just, speedy, and inexpensive...

New Report on Cost Allocation in Discovery Explores Lessons to be Learned at Home and Abroad

Brittany Kauffman
Over the last seven years, we have focused much of our time and effort on ways to improve the effectiveness of discovery, due in large part to the expanding world of electronically stored information. In our new report, we review the laws in the United States and other countries and provide examples of, and analogies...

Additional Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Published

Brittany Kauffman
The latest round of proposed amendments published for comment appear to be just housekeeping measures, and therefore are not nearly as significant as the proposed amendments that were published for comment last August. These newest proposals include a clarifying amendment to Rule 4, removal of service by electronic...

District Court Judge Calls Out Need for Change in Discovery Culture, Imposes Sanctions

Brittany Kauffman
In a recent opinion issuing discovery sanctions, a federal district court judge in the Northern District of Iowa denounced modern discovery practice in the United States. Judge Mark W. Bennett began the opinion with a reference to Hamlet, and then went on to discuss the current state of discovery, how it is too often...

New Webcast Extends the Reach of E-Discovery Education for State Court Judges

Brittany Kauffman
In an age where much of the evidence presented in American courtrooms is never printed or available in a paper format, it is essential that judges understand the unique challenges that electronically stored information creates, both for litigants and the court. In June 2014, IAALS and the NJC co-hosting Fundamentals...

Proposed Federal Rule Amendments Move One Step Closer to Implementation

Brittany Kauffman
At its meeting last week, the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. The approved amendments will be reviewed by the Judicial Conference of the...