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Federal Reform

Civil Rules Advisory Subcommittee Requests Comment on Rule 30(b)(6) Experiences

Brittany Kauffman
Last year the Civil Rules Advisory Committee took up the topic of Rule 30(b)(6) depositions following the submittal of a letter by members of the Council and Federal Practice Task Force of the ABA Section of Litigation, in their individual capacities. Unlike individual depositions, Rule 30(b)(6) depositions are...

One Year In: Judges Examine the Impact of Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure

Mark Staines
It has been just over a year since substantial changes were made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, aimed at reducing the high costs and long delays faced by civil court litigants. And, this effort has not been limited to the federal courts. Many state-level changes have also been implemented across the country...

The Civil Rules Advisory Committee: Pilot Projects to Imminent Rule Changes

Brittany Kauffman
On November 3, the federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee met in Washington D.C. to discuss a range of issues—from current proposed rule amendments to future projects focused on discovery practice and active judicial case management. The Committee is in the very early stages of reviewing Rule 30(b)(6) with respect to...

Significant Efforts To Implement Proportionality in Discovery Continue

Brittany Kauffman
When significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect last December, we celebrated this important achievement but also stressed that how the rules were implemented would be key to seeing a positive impact. The importance of how the amendments are being implemented has not been lost on...

The Civil Rules Advisory Committee: Beyond the 2015 Federal Rule Amendments

Brittany Kauffman
On December 1, 2015, the long awaited amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect, including changes focused on cooperation, active judicial case management, proportionality in discovery, and preservation/sanctions. Proving that work continues following this momentous effort, the Civil Rules...

Chief Justice Roberts Agrees: Our Courts and Profession Need Culture Change

Rebecca Love Kourlis
Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts dedicated his 2015 year-end report on the State of the Judiciary to extolling the new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He stressed that these amended rules , when coupled with dedication by judges and attorneys to changing their behaviors, are an important step...