State Bar recommends new rules, guidelines for federal litigation
ALBANY — Responding to burgeoning costs and delays in federal litigation — largely attributed to expanded discovery — the New York State Bar Association is recommending rule changes and new guidelines intended to ease the burden on the federal court system, as well as on litigants.
The recommendations are contained in the "Report of the Special Committee on Discovery and Case Management in Federal Litigation," which was approved by the association's House of Delegates at its June 23 meeting in Cooperstown.
"The increasing use of technologies — including email, text messaging, social media and the cloud — have complicated the discovery process, causing long delays and exorbitant costs in federal litigation. This report presents sensible and practical solutions to this growing crisis," said New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James Jr. "The State Bar is grateful to the Special Committee on Discovery and Case Management and its chair, Samuel F. Abernethy, for undertaking this critical project."
Speaking on behalf of the committee, Abernethy of New York City (Menaker & Herrmann) said, "I hope these proposals will be carefully considered in the debate about reducing costs and delays associated with litigation in federal courts."