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Changes to Federal Court Subpoena Rules Can Affect Business and Individuals, by Ryan K. Meyer, Fleeson Gooing Website


Rule 45 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addresses the ability of federal court litigants to obtain relevant information from individuals or entities that are not parties to the litigation. This generally involves the issuance of a subpoena directing the recipient to appear to testify and/or to produce documents. A non-party may be quite surprised to receive a subpoena in a case with which it has no involvement which is being conducted in another state, but the subpoena cannot be ignored. Likewise, when involved in federal court litigation, it is important for a litigant to know what information it can obtain from third parties, and how this must be done.

This article will provide some basic information regarding recent changes that have been made to Rule 45. . . .