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December 29, 2017
Jayme J. Herschkopf

This guide summarizes issues related to third-party financing of civil litigation. It discusses how judges might manage cases involving litigation financing, including ethical issues, legal issues raised by financing agreements, and discovery issues related to such agreements. 

For more information on third-party litigation financing, visit the Third Party Litigation Financing Special Topics Page.

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August 29, 2003
Leonie Brinkema

United States v. Moussaoui (E.D. Va. 1:01-cr-455).

This document is among Selected Orders and Other Case Documents that, in turn, are among the Center's resources on National Security Cases.

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July 24, 2002
Alvin K. Hellerstein

Mariani v. United Air Lines (S.D.N.Y. 1:01-cv-11628).

This document is among Selected Orders and Other Case Documents that, in turn, are among the Center's resources on National Security Cases.

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February 23, 1998
Thomas E. Willging

Memorandum to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules identifying two districts, the Northern District of Alabama and the Central District of California, as examples of "the 'middle ground' between current requirements and abolition of disclosure requirements."

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February 23, 1998
Thomas E. Willging

Memorandum to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules expanding on earlier report on time limits on discovery. Findings are based on data gathered from a survey of counsel in 1,000 closed civil cases and differed from findings Rand Corp. presented to the committee. The memorandum includes the following two tables:

Table 1: Length of discovery cutoffs

Table 2: Percentage of attorneys who complained that time for discovery was too short by length of discovery cutoffs imposed.

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February 1, 1998
Marie Leary

Conducted at the request of Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, the report describes the local rules or practices in all ninety-four federal districts regarding numerical limitations on interrogatories and depositions and durational limits on depositions.

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December 22, 1997
Thomas E. Willging

Memorandum to the Judicial Conference Subcommittee on Discovery of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules assisting review of a proposal to limit the length of depositions. Findings were based on data gathered from counsel surveyed on duration of depositions in 1,000 closed civil cases.

 Table 1: Frequency and length (hours) of reported depositions

 Table 2: Frequency of reported depositions by attorney reports that there were “too many depositions"

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