Delaware Court of Chancery Issues Guidelines for Preservation of Electronically Stored Information

Last week the Delaware Court of Chancery issued new guidelines addressing the preservation of electronically stored information.  The guidelines are intended to “remind all counsel … of their common law duty to their clients and the court with respect to the preservation of electronically stored information.”  Although less than two pages long, the guidelines offer a straightforward discussion of the preservation obligation that arises upon anticipation of litigation and address specific topics including the need for attorney oversight in preservation, steps to be taken in “most cases,” “potential problem areas,” and the possibility of limiting or even eliminating the discovery of ESI upon agreement with opposing parties and their counsel, among other things.

A full copy of the guidelines are available here.

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