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If electronic discovery is the vehicle through which lawyers conduct business, the meet and confer is the pre-purchase inspection.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(f), enacted in 2007, requires that parties to litigation "meet and confer" to negotiate the terms of electronic discovery at least 21 days before a scheduling conference is to be held, or a scheduling order is due.
The penalties for non-compliance can be steep, according to Scott Devens of 26-F, an e-discovery software company. Judges have been known to impose sanctions as high as $8 million on parties that fail to play by the electronic discovery rules. And that's before referring the party's attorneys to their state bar.
So how can you ensure a successful meet and confer, and steer clear of penalties and discipline? Here are three tips to help you make the most of your mandatory meet and confer.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.