Bill Meyers, a Principal in the firm's Litigation Group, will moderate a panel discussion and presentation on the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure at the Tax Payers Against Fraud Education's Annual Conference. The Conference will be held on September 16, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Meyers' panel will focus on the impact of the amendments on:
- The scope of discovery under Rule 26, including "proportionality," and the elimination of the phrase, "reasonably calculated to the lead to the discovery of admissible evidence"
- The form and substance of objections to documents requests
The panelists will also discuss the attempt in Rule 37 to create a uniform standard for determining if sanctions are warranted as a response to a party's failure to preserve evidence, and a rejection of the idea that mere negligence, without intent, could warrant severe sanctions (e.g. default judgments and adverse inference instructions).
In addition, nine-months on from the effective date of these amendments, the panel will summarize the important decisions that have applied the new rules. They will also discuss the changes to Rule 16 and the greater emphasis on early and active case management by the district judge and how those changes have and will impact the resolution of discovery disputes.