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Judges Vow Renewed Crackdown on Attorney Discovery Abuses

By Bruce Kaufman “Recent judicial threats of big-dollar monetary sanctions against attorneys who use boilerplate discovery responses may indicate a renewed effort to crack down on obstructionist tactics in civil cases in federal court. Some attorneys and legal experts interviewed by Bloomberg BNA say the additional judicial scrutiny to this expensive and time-consuming part of the discovery process is long overdue and, if pursued on a much wider basis, could eventually result in more streamlined, efficient and economical litigation. But other attorneys interviewed said that, despite the threat of high sanctions, any real change to the boilerplate practice is unlikely.” …

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