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Timely Disclosure of Expert Witnesses in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

February 08, 2021 BY Patrick Ewing | General Liability

The local rules for the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia may provide a basis for the exclusion of a proposed expert disclosed by a plaintiff after the close of discovery. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure set forth and govern the procedures in all civil actions and proceedings in the United States district courts with the goal of to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding. Fed. R. Civ. P. 1. Federal District Courts are permitted to adopt local rules that are binding on litigants and not inconsistent with the Federal Rule or other statutes. Fed. R. Civ. P. 83.  Cohen v. Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc., 782 F.2d 923 (11th Cir.1986). In general, the federal rules require that experts be disclosed at least 90 days before trial or a case is to be ready for trial. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(D). However, some courts do not set a trial date until after the close of discovery, making compliance impossible. ... Continue Reading

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