Chief jus­tice hopes new rules help

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WASH­ING­TON » Chief Jus­tice John Roberts high­lighted changes Thurs­day to fed­eral court rules that he hopes will make law­suits less ex­pen­sive and time con­sum­ing.

Roberts said in the an­nual re­port he is­sues on the last day of the year that the rule changes that took ef­fect a month ago are a “big deal” be­cause they fo­cus on ways to re­duce de­lays and games­man­ship that plague civil law­suits in the fed­eral sys­tem.

Re­flect­ing the im­por­tance of e- mails and other elec­tron­i­cally stored in­for­ma­tion that might be sought by one side or the other in a law­suit, Roberts said the rules point to greater con­se­quences for fail­ing to pre­serve that in­for­ma­tion, es­pe­cially if the loss is not ac­ci­den­tal.

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