“E-Discovery Zero Hour Approaches”

Is your firm or company prepared for these sweeping EDD rule changes?

"Although the start date of the new electronic-discovery procedural rules is still three months away, lawyers who haven’t sat down with clients to devise a plan may be losing a race against time.

"The intent of the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, effective on Dec. 1, is that they catch up with communications technology, which has turned matters of once-routine litigation into discovery nightmares as parties and courts grapple with electronic databases, e-mail, backup tapes and much more.

"While the new rules largely come into play once a dispute has arisen, a short timeline for parties to hash out e-discovery issues imposed by the changes means that clients — and their lawyers — need to get organized before the process server comes knocking."