Litigants Have to Disclose Insurance, Does That Mean Litigation Financing Should be Disclosed, Too?

One of the hot topics in the litigation arena these day is the question of whether or not litigants should be obliged to disclose their litigation funding arrangements to opposing parties. Indeed, as discussed here, last month three U.S. senators introduced a bill to require litigation funding arrangements to be disclosed in class action litigation and multidistrict litigation. One of the arguments raised in favor of this type of disclosure is that under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure defendants are already required to disclose to opposing parties at the outset of the case their insurance coverage information.  In an interesting June 11, 2018 Law 360 article entitled “Claimants Shouldn’t Be Forced to Disclose Litigation Funding” (here), Matthew Harrison and John Harabadian of Bentham IMF litigation funding firm challenge the parallels that are usually drawn in this context between discovery of insurance and discovery of litigation funding…

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