Balancing the Needs of Requesting and Producing Parties: Getting E-Discovery Rights

On October 3, Hausfeld Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Antitrust practice group, Megan E. Jones, will be a panelist at RAND Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice’s “Balancing the Needs of Requesting and Producing Parties: Getting E-Discovery Right” symposium. Megan will participate on the panel, “ESI Protocols: Promise vs. Reality,” alongside Hon. Rukhsanah L. Singh, Hon. Maria A. Audero, Douglas Forrest, and Michelle Six. The conference will occur on October 3rd and 4th at the RAND Corporation’s Arlington, VA office.

The symposium will bring together leaders in the legal, judicial, academic, and policy communities to discuss the potential broad implications for how litigation would operate in federal civil cases, following the 2015 changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure’s discovery-related provisions. The amendments introduced specific changes regarding proportionality in discovery, now requiring discovery to be proportional to the needs of the case and placing renewed emphasis on proportionality factors to be considered by parties and the court. At the time, proponents touted the amendments as potential antidotes for what they asserted was rampant e-discovery abuse and ever-increasing litigation costs, while opponents saw the changes as fundamentally tilting the scales of justice in favor of well-resourced defendants.

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