Senate Panel Weighs Changes To Discovery Rules

Law360, New York (November 5, 2013, 5:02 PM EST) -- Supporters of changes to civil rules that would limit the scope of discovery argued at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday that the amendments would reduce unnecessary court costs, while critics contended that they would make it harder for plaintiffs to obtain justice.

Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., chair of the bankruptcy and the courts subcommittee, led the hearing, which addressed changes proposed in August by the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Civil Rules.

The proposed amendments would allow responding parties to determine which discovery requests are...
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