When the rights of the injured or violated are vindicated in court, we all benefit. Not only do individuals get justice, but also future violations are prevented, and internal information about corporate wrongdoing is disclosed. This disclosure comes not only from public trials, but also from evidence collected during pre-trial “discovery” and made public.
The Judicial Conference of the United States is proposing to change drastically the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to limit discovery significantly. These changes would benefit corporate wrongdoers trying to hide information in a case. The result would be not only that victims might be unable to build needed evidence to prove their case, but also that the wider public, including policy and advocacy groups, might never learn core facts about corporate wrongdoing.
A six-month public comment period opened on the proposed amendments
on August 15, 2013
. Public hearings will be held during this public comment period. Three hearings will be held around the country, including one in Washington, DC on November 7, 2013; a second in Phoenix, AZ on January 9, 2014; and a third in Dallas, TX on February 7, 2014. All comments submitted to the Advisory Committee earlier this year have been docketed on the regulations.gov website
that is being used for submissions during the public comment period.
The Judicial Conference needs to hear from those who oppose these proposed amendments to the Rules throughout the comment period and at each of the hearings. The proposed Rules changes will have an impact on your practice and we need you to tell the Judicial Conference how. We encourage you to include personal stories from your own cases in your comments. You may submit comments on one or several of the proposed changes. There is no need to include all the topics and talking points; they are designed to allow you to pick and choose from a range of topics so that your comments will be uniquely yours.
This site is maintained by the National Employment Lawyers Association and is designed to provide resources for organizations and individuals considering submitting comments on the proposed changes. If you have difficulty with the site, please contact Pedro A. Valverde, NELA’s Technology & Office Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org