An interesting article by Eddy Salcedo and Owen Wolfe from Seyfarth Shaw looking at some recent U.S. cases where Covid-19 has impacted civil litigation and discovery. I think the summary at the end is very sensible, that people need to be prepared to continue with discovery exercises and schedules as they were set before any sort of lock down.
It is important that people consider how this impacts the way that they manage these cases from the technology perspective, whereas this article focuses on the legal developments in the current environment. These touch on a few points such as remote collections, managing the review in a remote environment and maintaining data security and confidentiality over relevant documents.
See my post on how we are dealing with these challenges at Alvarez & Marsal. If you would like to know more, please let me know.
In short, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence civil litigation in varied, and sometimes unpredictable, ways. As the federal court in Missouri noted, professionalism and courtesy in civil litigation is more important now than ever, and litigants must be willing to adapt to new orders and directives coming in the wake of pandemic. Parties must also be prepared to proceed on pre-COVID-19 litigation schedules, however, as more and more courts hesitate to extend deadlines or delay cases further.