LAWYERS FOR CIVIL JUSTICE
Since 1987, Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), a partnership of leading corporate counsel and defense bar practitioners, has fought to streamline rules in our civil justice system that waste businesses' time and resources.
LCJ promotes the corporate and defense perspective on proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and works proactively to achieve specific rule reforms by galvanizing corporate and defense practitioners and legal scholars to offer consensus proposals to the rule makers. The formal comments, combined with the face-to-face testimony and interaction of LCJ members at various hearings and additional support provided by leading legal scholars and academics, provides compelling reasons for judges, Members of Congress and rule makers to give serious consideration to fundamental rule reform.
LCJ has a strong record and has been honored by the Institute of Legal Reform at the U.S. Chamber for its success reforming current rules that require businesses of all sizes to retain massive amounts of information irrelevant to their cases.
“LCJ is a highly effective advocate for meaningful rule reform. Working closely with LCJ on its efforts to reduce the costs and burdens of civil discovery, I have seen firsthand how LCJ’s thoughtful and high-quality advocacy is delivering real results for the corporate community and defense bar.”
Senior Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
U.S. Senator from Arizona (1995-2013)
Senate Minority Whip (2007-2013)
REDUCE BURDENSOME DISCOVERY
LCJ has advocated for amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing discovery since 2010. On December 1, 2015, changes intended to reduce the costs and burdens associated with the epidemic of over-discovery went into effect. The new rules continue to ensure that all participants in the civil justice system have access to the information required to assert or defend against legal claims.
DISCLOSE 3RD PARTY LITIGATION FUNDERS
LCJ has supported and partnered with the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to ensure that the federal rules require that third party litigation funding be transparent.
REFORM MDLS AND RULE 23
Although MDLs were designed to be efficient mechanisms for coordinating pretrial discovery and motions, in many instances they have become one-sided forums for settlement pressure that lack the protections of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and other legal rights.
INTRODUCE COST ALLOCATION TO DISCOVERY
LCJ strongly supports amending the FRCP to require each party to pay the cost of the discovery it seeks. This so-called “requester pays” rule would preserve the purpose of discovery – to permit parties to access information that will enable fact finders to determine the outcome of civil litigation – while aligning well-proven economic incentives with the reality of modern litigation.
RATIONALIZE RULE 30(B)(6)
Rule 30(b)(6) has proven controversial and complicated since it was added to the FRCP in 1970. It requires organizations such as corporations, associations and government agencies to designate people to testify on their behalf about specific matters raised in litigation. The rule applies not only to litigants, but also to non-parties.
PRESERVE JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE
LCJ supports ensuring appropriate salaries for federal judges and resources for the federal judicial branch in order to preserve our high-quality, independent, diverse and impartial federal judiciary.