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Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Become Effective December 1, 2015

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure take effect on December 1, 2015. Touching a variety of issues, the amendments most significantly impact the scope of permissible discovery and the duty to preserve...more

Incoming! 5 Ways to Prepare for Discovery Requests

Your discovery plan shouldn’t be all about what you’re requesting from the other side—it should also anticipate and prepare for the discovery you expect to receive. Here are five things to do before discovery requests...more

McKee v. Peoria Unified School District: Court of Appeals Reverses Judgment Against School District in Public Records Case

In May, 2010, a student at a Peoria high school drowned during a swimming class supervised by physical education teacher Timothy McKee. After an internal investigation, the District sought to terminate McKee’s employment....more

Federal Circuit Weighs in on Stay in View of Covered Business Method Review

The first few decisions from the Federal Circuit are starting to trickle in and are sure to bring more upheaval to Patent Office post-grant procedures. In Versata Software, Inc., et al. v. Callidus Software, Inc., the Court...more

Motion to Compel Settlement Agreements Denied Where Document Requests Only Requested License Agreements

Echostar Satellite L.L.C. ("Echostar") moved to compel the production of settlement agreements from the plaintiff. Several issues arose on the motion, including whether the Magistrate Judge had jurisdiction to grant the...more

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide From Sanctions in Discovery

In an October 2013 order in Digital Vending Services International, Inc. v. University of Phoenix, the judge refused to grant the defendants’ request for spoliation sanctions but punished the plaintiff for its disclosure of...more

House Passes Patent Reform Legislation

The U.S. Congress continues to focus on patent reform legislation with House passage of the Innovation Act, a bill primarily addressing the conduct of patent litigation. While much attention has been paid to litigation...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Limits SEC’s Ability To Bring Civil Penalty Claims For Conduct Older Than Five Years

In Gabelli v. SEC, a unanimous Supreme Court held that the statute of limitations for “penalty” claims in governmental enforcement actions begins to run from the date of the underlying violation of the law, not when the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Refines Standard for Missed Pre-Trial Deadlines

The Delaware Supreme Court recently announced a new standard refining the rules that govern litigants’ requests for extensions. Since 2010, the “Drejka analysis” provided a six-factor test to apply when considering whether to...more

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