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How proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure could change your practice

The changes are designed to promote early case management, streamline discovery, and advance cooperation.

Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are on the horizon. The proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were released for a six-month public comment period on Aug. 15, 2013, and if adopted, could have a substantial impact on your role as in-house counsel. The changes are designed to promote early case management, streamline discovery, and advance cooperation among the parties. This article outlines a few ways these changes could impact your role as an in-house attorney, and provides some tips on how to be prepared for the changes if and when they take effect.

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Be prepared to create a discovery plan early

The Report also contains several proposed amendments designed to limit the cost and scope of discovery. For example:

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Raymond M. Ripple

Raymond M. Ripple is a partner in the litigation department of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP in Providence, Rhode Island.


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Rachel K. Caldwell

Rachel K. Caldwell is an associate in the litigation department of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP in Providence, Rhode Island. 

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