In The News Today - October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014

In addition to "90 percent of asbestos cases in Madison County" being filed for out of state residents, defense attorneys say one way to shrink what has become a "national asbestos docket would be to reduce the number of cases set for trial during each trial week." (Madison-St. Clair Record)

On September 16, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced several proposed amendments to the rules that govern discovery and trials in the federal courts. The proposed rules emphasize that discovery is to be "proportional to the needs of the case"; they give the judges more authority to ask the requesting party to share in discovery costs; and they place limits on the "circumstances under which courts may mete out the most severe sanctions" for failure to preserve electronically-stored information. (Corporate Counsel)