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Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Effective Dec. 1 - Litigation News

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Posted on: Dec 1, 2015

By Patricia Orloff Erdmann, Office of the Indiana Attorney General

As of December 1, 2015, significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure take effect.The amendments include changes to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 55 and 84.

For example, amended Rule 26(b)(1) now provides that "[u]nless otherwise limited by court order, the scope of discovery is as follows: Parties may obtain discovery regarding any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party's claim or defense and proportional to the needs of the case, considering the importance of the issues at stake in the action, the amount in controversy, the parties' relative access to relevant information, the parties' resources, the importance of the discovery in resolving the issues, and whether the burden or expense of the proposed discovery outweighs its likely benefit." 

The full text of the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and proposed changes with committee notes are available here and here.

This post was written by Patricia Orloff Erdmann, Office of the Indiana Attorney General. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Litigation Section, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

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