Spirit of Cooperation
With the Texas Supreme Court’s Aug. 28 decision in In Re: Weekley Homes LP, the high court added its voice to the call for cooperation between parties in e-discovery: “A fundamental tenet of our discovery rules is cooperation between parties and their counsel, and the expectation that agreements will be made as reasonably necessary for efficient disposition of the case.” Over the long term, perhaps the most enduring aspect of Weekley Homes will be its encouragement of cooperation.
Cooperation between parties and counsel to cut through the complexities and costs involved with eectronic discovery to create solutions has been building momentum for some time. Texas has long been on the cutting edge of addressing issues in e-discovery, including the need for lawyers to work together and hash out differences.
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Reprinted with permission from the December 21, 2009 edition of Texas Lawyer. © 2010 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved.