How Discovery Has Changed Under New Federal Rules,
Law 360

June 30, 2017

In an article published by Law360 on June 28, 2017, Atlanta attorneys Brandee Kowalzyk and Christopher “Shaun” Polston offer guidance to discovery under the new federal rules of civil procedure. As the article details, “The United States Judicial Conference’s Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure embarked upon its journey [in 2015] with the intent of putting reasonable limits on the bounds of civil discovery, especially in regard to electronically stored information (ESI).” Ms. Kowalzyk and Mr. Polston state, “Despite the amendment to Rule 26(b)(1) articulating the standard for scope of discovery to be that which is relevant and proportional to the needs of the case, litigants and some courts continue to apply pre-amendment language and rely on pre-amendment cases.” They emphasize, “Civil litigants’ shared interests call for renewed efforts from the bench and bar to ensure we are collectively furthering the goals of efficiency in our discovery practices.” For the full article, subscribers to Law360 may click here.