State Rules: Minnesota

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Alexzandria Neumiller, paralegal, Subpoenas and eDiscovery at Prime Therapeutics LLC

Minnesota Rules

Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure –

Specific Rules with ESI Content:

RULE 16. Pretrial Conferences; Scheduling, Management

RULE 26. Duty to Disclose; General Provisions Governing Discovery

RULE 33. Interrogatories to Parties

RULE 34. Production of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things and Entry Upon Land for Inspection and Other Purposes

RULE 37. Failure to Make Disclosures or to Cooperate in Discovery: Sanctions

RULE 45. Subpoena

RULE 56. Summary Judgment

Local rules in Minnesota

Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts:

Special Rules for the Pilot Expedited Civil Litigation Track:

Minnesota Resources

State Subpoena Forms:

Other State Court Forms:

Practice Pointers

The Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure regarding ESI are substantially similar to the corresponding Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Differences include:

  • Unlike Federal Rule 16(b)(3)(B)(i), Minnesota Rule 16.02 does not specify that the timing for Initial Disclosure can be modified by the Scheduling Order. That is addressed in Minnesota Rule 26.01(a)(3) and (4).
  • Federal Rule 16(b)(3)(B)(ii) allows the Court to modify the extent of Discovery, Minnesota Rule 26.02(b) is the corresponding Rule that addressed what, how and why a Court may limit the scope of discovery.
  • Federal Rule 16(b)(3)(B)(v) addresses court conferences before motion practice related to discovery; Minnesota Rule 26.06(d) addresses discovery conferences with the Court and Rule 26.06 in general lays out what the Discovery Conference and Discovery Plan must look like.
  • While Minnesota Rule 37.05 has been amended to be consisted with the 2015 amendment to F.R.C.P. 37(e), there is an advisory committee comment for the 2018 Amendments that states “By its terms, this rule applies only to failure to produce ESI where there is a duty to preserve it. There is no reason, however, that the courts should not, in the exercise of their discretion, follow this rule where there is the failure to preserve other evidence, such as physical evidence or documents in non-electronic form.”
  • MN R. Civ. P. 45.01(a)(4) directs that a subpoena must advise a person of their right to reimbursement for certain expenses pursuant to 45.03(d).
  • Unlike F.R.C.P. 45(a)(1)(A)(iv), the Minnesota Rule does not require that the subpoena contain the text of Rules 45.03 or 45.04.
  • MN R. Civ. P. 45.01(d) addresses subpoenas being taken in Minnesota for an action pending a foreign jurisdiction.
  • MN R. Civ. P. 45.04(a)(1) – (5) corresponds with F.R.C.P. 45(e)(1)(A) – (D), and addresses rules around producing ESI.