SOURCE: Practice Technologies, Inc.

Practice Technologies, Inc.

December 01, 2009 08:00 ET

SmartRules™ Helps Litigators Keep Up With Landmark Changes to United States District Court Rules

Biggest Change in 70 Years to How District Courts Calculate Time Periods and Establish Deadlines

VENICE, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - Effective today, one of the biggest changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in more than 70 years will be sweeping across United States District Courts. The new rules impact the way due dates and deadlines are calculated and the scope of these changes is likely to cause significant confusion and angst among civil litigators. Missed and miscalculated deadlines are some of the most common reasons for legal malpractice actions, and the changes going into effect today could have a "ripple effect" in federal courts around the country as they work to amend and reconcile their local rules. SmartRules Guides from Practice Technologies have been updated to reflect the changes in the new federal and local rules, helping litigators avoid serious risks, keeping them out of trouble with the courts and their clients.

Every SmartRules Guide contains a "Timing and Deadline" section that sets forth the relevant rules and requirements for calculating the applicable deadline or due date. Online Guides are updated on or before effective dates of changes or as they are made available by courts, providing the confidence that civil litigators demand when calculating deadlines.

"Firms can count on SmartRules to keep up with new and significant rule changes like those going into effect on December 1," said Wendy Schneider, SmartRules Managing Editor and Product Manager. "By bringing a number of key resources into one place, organized in a user-friendly, task-based format, SmartRules customers save time and gain confidence knowing they'll stay out of trouble while following procedures."

Available in firm-wide and individual subscriptions, SmartRules is used by thousands of attorneys and litigation professionals across dozens of the top law firms in the country. Visit or contact us at for more information or to sign up today.

About SmartRules from Practice Technologies, Inc.

SmartRules is an online practice guide for the national litigator and the national litigation practice. It gives detailed, step-by-step instructions for handling procedures in state and federal courts throughout the country. A lawyer selects the court where the case is pending and the type of document being filed and SmartRules provides all of the information needed to ensure the lawyer complies with all applicable rules and requirements, including all relevant local rules.

About Practice Technologies, Inc.

Established in 2000 and based in Venice, California, Practice Technologies, Inc. is a company of lawyers and legal technologists who have pioneered a task-based approach to legal information retrieval, whether that information resides inside the firm, in the public domain, or in our own proprietary database. The company's flagship product is the RealPractice™ Suite, which includes RealPractice Private Access, RealPractice Public Access and SmartRules. For more information, visit or call 1.866.877.3770.

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