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To Meet and Confer, You Need to Talk

If you have a “dispute concerning discovery,” the law requires that you try to resolve it informally by conferring with the opposing side. This meet-and-confer requirement can be met in person, by telephone, or by letter. But a letter or email alone generally won’t cut it; to really meet and confer, you need to talk to opposing counsel.

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What Does It Mean to “Meet and Confer” on a Discovery Dispute?

meeting_E013754Before moving to compel discovery responses, California law requires that the parties “meet and confer.” But what do you actually have to do to meet that requirement?