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Proposed amendments to MN Rules of Civil Procedure

MSBA proposal to bring the MRCP into conformity with the Federal Rules moves forward

Over a year ago, the MSBA filed a petition with the court requesting amendments to the MN Rules of Civil Procedure that would a) bring a number of the rules into conformity with the federal rules of Civil Procedure, and 2) require the court to allocate 50% of unclaimed cy pres funds in state class action suits to civil legal services. The court referred the petition to its Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure. In its report, the Advisory Committee recommended the court adopt some of the proposed changes that would bring the MRCP into conformity with the Federal Rules, but recommended against adoption of the cy pres provision. The court has posted the Advisory Committee’s report for public comment. Comments are due November 28, with a hearing set for December 19.