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February 27, 2012

Ramifications of Judge Peck's New Opinion

Binary_suit_400We must remember that decisions of federal magistrate judges carry no weight beyond the U.S. district judge who assigned the matter to them. 

Under Rule 72 (a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, decisions of a magistrate judge are subject to review and either approval, modification or reversal by a district judge of that court, except in civil cases where the parties consent in advance to allow the magistrate judge to exercise the jurisdiction of the district judge. The last word in the Da Silva Moore case will rest with US district Judge Andrew L. Carter who is assigned the case.

Magistrate decisions by Judges like the Honorable John M Facciola, Honorable Paul Grimm, and Honorable Andrew J. Peck have become the linchpin in the evolution of e-discovery case law. However, it's time to see more U.S. district judges like Shira A. Scheindlin taking the lead in this area.

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