Auto-Exclusion: Undermining Your Own Case with Failed Disclosures


Here is a great rule with teeth: If you do not disclose ESI or documents under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 26(a), they are automatically excluded under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 37(c)(1).

In Melczer v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82549 (D. Ariz. July 16, 2009), the Plaintiff successfully excluded 526 documents that were untimely disclosed under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(c)(1).

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