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Federal Court System Implements New Rules

Changes affect work product, summary judgment procedures

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26 and 56 have been amended effective Dec. 1. The scope of work-product protection regarding testifying experts who must submit reports is expanded, and the procedure for summary judgments is entirely revamped. This article discusses these amendments and provides practical tips to implement them. It does not discuss the simultaneous amendment to Rule 8(c) (1), which eliminates discharge in bankruptcy as an affirmative defense, as being superseded by statutory changes.

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