Proposed Discovery Limits Set To Rock Federal Litigants

By Greg Ryan (August 30, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT) -- A major battle is brewing over proposed restrictions on the number of depositions and other discovery requests allotted to parties in federal litigation, with defense attorneys applauding the proposal as a cost-saving godsend and plaintiffs lawyers contending that it will hurt their ability to prevail in court.

A rules committee for the U.S. Judicial Conference, the body of judges, attorneys and others that helps set policy for the nation's federal courts proposed on Aug. 15 a host of changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Among the changes are reductions in the number of discovery requests that each side can...

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