March 25, 2006
Clients, Litigation and Discovery Disputes.
Evan Schaeffer in his The Illinois Trial Practice Weblog has a wonderful post "Don't Put Discovery Disputes On A Back Burner". It's about my 3 favorite subjects: clients, litigation and discovery. Or, more precisely, about clients in discovery disputes. Even allegedly "good" federal court lawyers have hopelessly poor grasps of how the federal discovery rules really work (so they "guess" or follow local folkways) and, if they do understand them, including the tough deadlines the discovery rules often impose, they readily bend the rules and the timelines for the convenience and schedules of the lawyers in the case. Discovery is not about lawyers. The best reasons to push discovery disputes ahead are that most cases are won or lost on discovery, and that the discovery rules are mainly about clients getting closer to a solution of their dispute. Evan's post is about promptness, which helps clients. Bravo.
Posted by JD Hull at March 25, 2006 07:35 PM