5 Tips For Surviving The 'Rocket Docket'

Law360, New York (April 3, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT) -- When a fast-moving court docket adds to the normal pressures of litigation, adopting a proactive approach to collecting and preserving evidence, as well as divvying up tasks and focusing on communication, can go a long way in helping counsel make a compressed schedule work to their advantage, lawyers said.

Certain U.S. district courts — including the Eastern District of Virginia, the Eastern District of Texas and the Western District of Wisconsin — have gained a reputation for moving cases along quickly to trial, attorneys say.

Those reputations are backed by numbers. From Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012, for instance,...

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