Cal. Litig. 2018, Volume 31, Number 3

Resolving Discovery Disputes in Federal Courts

By Alyson Berg & Kristina Doan Strottman

As discovery disputes continue to consume judicial and party resources, federal courts have begun experimenting with alternative methods for resolving disputes in a more cost-effective and efficient manner. Federal magistrates, who are typically delegated authority to resolve discovery disputes in federal courts, have utilized a variety of procedures to achieve better results. As a result, a party seeking to raise a discovery issue cannot assume that filing a motion to compel is the first step. This article outlines several procedures adopted by magistrate judges for resolving discovery disputes, and concludes with suggested "best practices."

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The Rise of Discovery Disputes in Civil Litigation

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