A quick reminder to all federal court practitioners: 2016 just keeps piling it on. Not content to simply let us rest after everything we’ve been through this year, new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure take effect today, and the primary change this time is eliminating the extra 3 days you used to get to respond when something was served electronically.
Out with the old Rule 6(d), and in with the new:
(d) Additional Time After Certain Kinds of Service.
When a party may or must act within a specified time after being served and service is made under Rule 5(b)(2)(C) (mail), (D) (leaving with the clerk), or (F) (other means consented to), 3 days are added after the period would otherwise expire under Rule 6(a).
So, time to change those calendaring rules, or you might blow a deadline.
Rule 4 also got amended a bit as well. Here’s a summary of all the changes taking effect today.