Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

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Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

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In partnership with the Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), this issue of the Defense Counsel Journal previews the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure effective December 1, 2015, which will greatly impact pretrial practice in federal courts (most notably, the scope of discovery, electronic discovery, and document preservation and spoliation sanctions).

Members of the IADC and LCJ were deeply involved in commenting on these proposed rule changes. Indeed, the IADC, LCJ, and sister defense organizations DRI- The Voice of the Defense Bar and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel submitted a joint paper on the proposed rule revisions to the Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Thomas Allman provides an overview of the 2015 Civil Rules package transmitted to Congress, which sets the stage for a deeper dive into the amendments providing for proportionality in discovery and the implementation of a safe harbor for document preservation in articles authored by John Jablonski, Alexander Dahl, Martha Dawson, and Bree Kelly. Also included is an amicus brief prepared by LCJ for the In re Actos litigation, which further discusses the need for limits on electronic discovery and spoliation sanctions. Collectively, these articles constitute a primer on the new rules, and will serve as a valuable resource for counsel, clients, and the courts in navigating them.

This issue of the IADC's Defense Counsel Journal reflects the organization's rich history and its longstanding role in cutting edge work and collaborations on civil justice reform. …

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