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Litigating in federal courts requires adherence to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. One noteworthy rule is Rule 26 (a)(1), which provides for an initial disclosure of, among other things, the identity of individuals likely to have discoverable information. However, a failure to meet the obligations of that rule could have some serious ramifications, as seen in the recent case of Gen-Probe, Inc. v. Becton Dickson & Co.. There, the court prohibited a witness from testifying at trial because that witness was not identified in the initial disclosures.

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