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How-To: Complete 'Initial Disclosures'

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'

I. Legal Citations

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]..."

II. Samples

# PDF Comments
1logoAdobeTBD case. Plaintiff's Filing (pro se). Long list of witnesses. Hearty amount of computations.iconPriceTag
2logoAdobeDefendant's Filing (attorney). Employer had insurance to cover discrimination suits.iconPriceTag
3logoAdobePlaintiff's Filing (pro se). Clean list of 'evidence'.iconPriceTag
4logoAdobePlaintiff's Filing (attorney). Clean list of 'evidence'. Detailed computation section.iconPriceTag
5logoAdobeDefendant's Filing (attorney). Good legal disclaimer. Detailed rationale for witnesses/evidence.iconPriceTag
6logoAdobeDefendant's Filing (attorney). Very brief. Easter egg: written by Andrew M. Cuomo, Esquire.iconPriceTag

III. Templates

# Word Comments
1Replace all of the placeholder tags with real information (eg "[plfName]" becomes "John Doe").iconPriceTag

IV. Quick Commentary

V. Additional Notes

VI. Additional Resources

VII. Conclusion

The 'Initial Disclosures' document is required in Federal Court cases of discrimination. There is a deadline. Luckily, the document itself is rather simple.


Congratulations! You're now booked up on how to satisfy the 'Initial Disclosures' requirement of your federal case!

Please get the justice you deserve.


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