Virtual Litigation’s Time Has Come

Bloomberg Law

April 07, 2020

By David Solomon, Global Head of GLG Law

Many companies and industries are implementing significant changes to continue working during the Covid-19 outbreak, but one industry segment in particular is grinding to a halt: civil litigation in the U.S.

Jurisdictions around the country have essentially suspended civil litigation, with closed courthouses and frozen statutes of limitations. The American Bar Association recently held a webinar in which three judges from various jurisdictions urged the 300 lawyers in attendance to “be patient and understanding.”

In the meanwhile, many of the more than 100,000 civil litigators in the U.S. now have their ongoing cases encased in amber, or soon will, not to mention the countless litigants whose cases will not move forward in the interim.

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