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“It’s not fair.” Admittedly, I’ve uttered these words on numerous occasions, both professionally and personally, and then chastised myself for allowing myself to feel powerless—and for believing that if I say “it’s not fair,” someone will miraculously agree with me and change the outcome. And while all may be fair in love and war, Bill Gates reminds us, generally speaking, that “Life is not fair, get used to it.” Of course this advice is coming from a man worth $66 billion. But wait Bill, Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has good news for all of us. If not in life, at least in the law of civil discovery: “Discovery need not be perfect, but discovery must be fair.”

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