Update on Status of MSBA Rules Petition

Gavel-documentIn early September of 2016, the MSBA filed a petition for amendments to the MN Rules of Civil Procedure, which 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 a number of the proposed changes that would bring the MRCP into conformity with the Federal Rules, but recommended against adoption of the cy pres provision. Stay tuned for more information on how the court decides to proceed.