April 19, 2016 Top Story

New Practice Considerations under Amendments to Federal Rule 26

Amended federal rules now mandate that discovery be proportional to case needs

Matthew S. Mulqueen

Litigants across the country have begun grappling with new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, effective December 1, 2015, that implement the most significant changes to discovery and case-management practices in more than a decade. Chief among the new changes is an amendment to Rule 26(b)(1) that now limits the scope of discovery to matters that are “proportional to the needs of the case.”

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