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Clarifying the Limits of Res Judicata

The Second Circuit held that a previous lawsuit does not "immunize" a defendant from further violations occurring after the complaint is filed in that first lawsuit.

Fourth Circuit Sheds Light on Spoliation Motions

The court found that only documents that a party knew or should have known were relevant to the claims had to be preserved.

Sixth Circuit Reinforces "Strong Federal Policy" in Favor of Arbitration

The court recently enforced and found no waiver of an arbitration provision in a class-action settlement and consent decree in Shy v. Navistar Int'l Corp.

Articles »

How Far Do the Protections of the Rule 26 Amendments Go?

By Michael Lowry

Exploring how the work-product provisions of the 2010 amendments regarding expert discovery have been applied and interpreted.

Technology-Assisted Review: Insight into Lingering Questions

By Jenny Le

A recent Georgetown panel and case law reveal how far TAR has come.

Why I Love Rule 36, and Why You Should Too

By Fitzgerald T. Bramwell

Requests to admit are the Rodney Dangerfield of pretrial procedure: They get no respect.

Sound Advice »

audio Avoiding the Pitfalls of Alternative Fee Arrangements

By Betsy Collins

Litigator Betsy Collins outlines some of the best practices for these types of arrangements and what should be avoided. (15:07 min)

audio Proposed Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure

By John Barkett

John Barkett describes the changes that may be in store for the federal rules. (4:56 min)

audio Timing Discovery and Motion Practice to Make Mediation Work

By Matthew Bakota

It is said that timing is everything. Matthew Bakota outlines how that is especially true as you prepare a mediation. (7:00 min)

Roundtables »

audio Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules

Insight into the substance of the proposed amendments, the motivations behind them, the amendment process, and the public comments that the committee has received so far. (1:02:46)

audio How to Do E-Discovery and Stay Out of Trouble

Our speakers will cover recent case law and provide practical advice to help you create your own e-discovery road map and stay out of trouble along the way. (1:00:07)

Announcements »

February 19: Free Roundtable

February's Roundtable is "Early Case Assessment and Other Initial Stages of Complex Litigation." Read more.

Publish an Article!

Do you have an article idea for the committee newsletter or website? We are always looking for new, interesting, timely content to publish. Please contact our newsletter editors, Adam Braveman, Betsy Collins, Tracy DiFillippo, or Mor Wetzler if you have something you would like to contribute.

We Want to Hear from You!

Do you have ideas for future committee activities? Do you have ways we can make this committee a more valuable resource for you? Do you have suggestions about our committee website, newsletter, or listserv emails? We value your feedback—please send an email to one of our committee cochairs, Jeffrey Close, Bobby Poundstone, or Jessica Hew with your suggestions.


Pretrial Practice & Discovery Leadership

Cochairs Content Subcommittee

Jessica Hew

Orlando, FL

Jeffrey Close

Chicago, IL

Robert Poundstone

Montgomery, AL

Adam Braveman

New York, NY

Tracy DiFillippo

Las Vegas, NV

Angela Fetcher

Louisville, KY

Mor Wetzler

New York, NY