Big Deal or Big Distraction? Which Recent FRCP Developments Really Matter and Why

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 - 2:30 PM
(1.0 CLE) If you make a mental list of the "most important" of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a moment's further reflection will reveal that every one of them has seen significant developments in their text or interpretation during the last decade. In 2007 and 2009, the Supreme Court's decisions in Twombly and Iqbal left lawyers and judges scrambling to determine their impact on pleading standards under Rule 8 and, concomitantly, dismissal standards under Rule 12(b)(6). In 2010, Rule 56 governing summary-judgment practice was rebuilt from the ground up. Just over a year ago, a major set of amendments to the discovery rules--including to Rule 26 (b)(1) defining the scope of discovery--took effect on December 1, 2015. And in between, important but sometimes overlooked changes were made to many other oft-used rules, including Rule 15 governing amendments and Rule 45 governing subpoenas. In this program, a panel of judges and lawyers will look back on these developments and offer their insights into which ones have had the most significant effects, what those effects have been, and how judges and lawyers have reacted to them. The panel will also peer into the future and discuss ways in which these developments will continue to impact everyday federal-court practice for judges and lawyers alike.
Speakers: Hon. Eric F. Melgren, Hon. James P. O'Hara, James M. Armstrong, Michael A. Williams, Steven Gensler
Written Material(s): Big Deal or Big Distraction - Which Recent FRCP Developments Really Matter and Why.pdf

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