December 14, 2010
On April 28th, 2010 the Supreme Court recommended changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Rules Update Order can be found at 2010 US ORDER 27. The changes went into effect December 1st, 2010. Rules 8 (affirmative defenses), 26 (experts), 56 (summary judgment), and Form 52 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were affected by the amendments. The amended versions are available on Westlaw, where you will also find the Advisory Committee Notes (locate within any of the four rules to: “2010 Amendments”)
Reference Attorneys have been swapping references which outline these amendments. Here are a few favorites:
At the Rule: As noted above, find the heading for “2010 amendments” within the rules. Here you’ll find an in depth overview of changes made to each section.
821 PLI/Lit 517: Development in Federal Civil E-Discovery Pracitce, Current Issues in International Discovery and changes to the Federal Ruels of Civil Procedure, William R. Maguire of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
89-NOV Mich. B.J. 22: 2010 Amendments to the Federal Rules, Thaddeus E. Morgan, Mark W. McInerney
[Editors thank Kirstin Keel, Scott Hamel, and Amy Albus for keeping us up to speed on this issue.]