|Background:||You have a new lawsuit in Federal Court|
|Problem:||You are unsure of how to satisfy the 'Initial Disclosures' requirement|
|Solution:||You follow this guide for completing 'Initial Disclosures'|
Rule 26(a)(1) Fed. R. Civ. P. | Initial Disclosures
"(A) In General. Except as exempted by Rule 26(a)(1)(B) or as otherwise stipulated or ordered by the court, a party must, without awaiting a discovery request, provide to the other parties:
(i) the name [of witnesses]...
(ii) a copy [of evidence you currently have]...
(iii) a computation of [damages]...
(iv) ...any insurance agreement [to cover relevant losses]..."
|1||TBD case. Plaintiff's Filing (pro se). Long list of witnesses. Hearty amount of computations.|
|2||Defendant's Filing (attorney). Employer had insurance to cover discrimination suits.|
|3||Plaintiff's Filing (pro se). Clean list of 'evidence'.|
|4||Plaintiff's Filing (attorney). Clean list of 'evidence'. Detailed computation section.|
|5||Defendant's Filing (attorney). Good legal disclaimer. Detailed rationale for witnesses/evidence.|
|6||Defendant's Filing (attorney). Very brief. Easter egg: written by Andrew M. Cuomo, Esquire.|
|1||Replace all of the placeholder tags with real information (eg "[plfName]" becomes "John Doe").|
The 'Initial Disclosures' document is required in Federal Court cases of discrimination. There is a deadline. Luckily, the document itself is rather simple.