U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Adopts Default Standards for E-Discovery

Effective June 4, 2007, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has incorporated a Default Standard for Discovery of Electronically Stored Information ("E-Discovery") as Appendix K to its Local Civil Rules.  Although the Court expects parties to cooperatively reach agreement on how to conduct e-discovery, in the event that such agreement has not been reached by the time of the Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 scheduling conference, the default standards will apply until such time, if ever, the parties reach agreement and conduct e-discovery on a consensual basis.  The newly adopted default standard is available on the court’s website, at: http://www.ohnd.uscourts.gov/Clerk_s_Office/Local_Rules/AppendixK.pdf

The Court has also revised its Local Civil Rule 16 regarding case management.  Among other revisions, LR 16.3(b)(2)(F) now specifically includes discussion of electronic discovery as an agenda item for the Case Management Conference.  Revised LR 16.3 is available at: http://www.ohnd.uscourts.gov/Clerk_s_Office/Local_Rules/lr16.3redline6-4-07.pdf

For a complete listing of local federal rules and guidelines addressing electronic discovery, see our recent post on the subject here.

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