Changes in practice habits coupled with ever-expanding local rules have made federal litigation a different game from the late '80s when I first started out. In employment and other civil rights cases, summary judgment motions are now all but guaranteed, some filed simply for fear of not filing one. It is akin to a doctor ordering rounds of unnecessary tests as a malpractice prophylactic.
Karen Lee Torre Commentary: More Rules, More Motions
The Connecticut Law Tribune
January 21, 2008
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