Archive: July 25, 2006

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Are Litigators Ready for the New Meet-and-Confer Sessions?
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Court Denies Discovery Related to Party’s Document Retention Policies and Computer Systems and Finds Hard Copy Production Adequate

Are Litigators Ready for the New Meet-and-Confer Sessions?

In an article in the National Law Journal, Carolyn Southerland writes, "Lawyers accustomed to what has been described by at least one federal district judge as "drive-by" meet and confers under the federal rules should get ready to park and prepare for an extended conversation. Whether one is a data producer (traditionally defendants) or a data requester (traditionally plaintiffs), the amendments to Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are going to profoundly affect parties’ discussions in "meet and confer" discussions concerning discovery.

For Luddite lawyers, these rule changes will require that they venture into a world that they dislike and perhaps on some level fear. But just as lawyers have survived past changes in the rules, they will survive these, too, and their clients and practices may well be better for it." 

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Court Denies Discovery Related to Party’s Document Retention Policies and Computer Systems and Finds Hard Copy Production Adequate

India Brewing, Inc. v. Miller Brewing Co., 2006 WL 2023396 (E.D. Wis. July 13, 2006)

In this case involving claims and counterclaims alleging breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and negligent misrepresentation, the court ruled on plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery. Read More

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