A Ballard Spahr legal alert prompted news coverage on an initiative by the courts to stem the rising costs of electronic discovery. Attorneys Robert R. Baron, Jr., Philip N. Yannella, and Maura E. McKenna authored the alert, which describes a Model Order adopted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The Model Order sets out concrete discovery requirements designed to limit the scope of eDiscovery in patent cases. Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader, in a September speech at the joint conference of the Federal Circuit and Eastern District of Texas, said the Model Order will serve as an aid to district courts to enforce responsible, targeted use of eDiscovery.