Corporate counsel almost unanimously agree that civil litigation is too expensive, while 90 percent say that it takes too long, according to a new survey conducted for a major judicial conference on civil justice that convenes next week.

The conference, which will take place at Duke University School of Law on May 10 and 11, brings together key federal judges, lawyers and academics to discuss the need to reform civil rules and practices on issues ranging from electronic discovery to the use of experts. The impact of recent Supreme Court decisions in Ashcroft v. Iqbal and Bell Atlantic v. Twombly, raising requirements for what must be included in initial pleadings in civil cases, is another major focus of the two-day conference. The main sponsor is the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rules.

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