In March 1998, when the Los Angeles County Bar Association asked its members how the group could best help the legal profession, the response was clear. The association’s top priority should be reining in Rambo litigators, the membership said.

The bar’s board of trustees responded the next month by adopting litigation guidelines intended to discourage abusive discovery practices and other obnoxious tactics. The trustees also gave their imprimatur to a so-called Rambo Abatement Program, which makes a volunteer panel of three experienced litigators available to judges to referee nasty personal disputes that have cropped up in court.

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