Amended US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure narrow availability of civil discovery and sanctions

Important changes to the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which govern the conduct of civil proceedings (including product liability cases) in US federal district court, will take effect on 1 December 2015 (absent US Congressional action, which appears unlikely). While various amendments are slated, the most significant amendments will limit the scope of civil … Read more

US Supreme Court weighing proposals to curtail scope, burden and uncertainty of discovery in US Federal Court

Joe Falcone has published an article in Financier Worldwide addressing proposed amendments to the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which rules govern civil cases (including product liability cases) in US federal court. If adopted, these amendments should narrow significantly the historically broad scope of discovery in federal court and reduce the spectre of court-imposed … Read more

Hong Kong class action reform

On 28 May 2012, Hong Kong moved closer to introducing a class actions regime with the publication of the Report on Class Actions (the Report) by the Law Reform Commission (the LRC). The key recommendation by the LRC is the introduction of a new class action procedure to facilitate multi-party litigation with a view towards … Read more