The Federal Rules Advisory Committee proposed important changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures that are designed to reduce the costs of discovery in civil litigation in federal courts. The proposed rules changes were submitted for public comment on August 13, 2013, and the Advisory Committee held its first public hearing on November 7, 2013. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on these proposed changes on November 5, 2013 and Mayer Brown partner Andy Pincus was asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
You can access Andy’s written testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee here.
Please join partners Mike Lackey and Andy Pincus for a teleconference where they will discuss the proposed rule changes and how they will affect future litigation strategies including:
- Redefining the scope of discovery in FRCP 26(b)(1) to include the concept of proportionality
- Revising Rule 37(e) to provide a more uniform standard for discovery sanctions, including limits on the most severe sanctions for the failure to preserve ESI
- Lowering presumptive limits on number of depositions, interrogatories and admissions