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.
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: