Category: Trends & Emerging Issues

Posts that Address E-Discovery Trends or Emerging Issues (Including Rule Changes and Pilot Project Announcements)

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Microsoft Corporation Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
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Written Comments to the Federal Civil Rules Available Online
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Public Comment Period Begins for Federal Civil Rules Proposals
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Advisory Committee Recommends New Rules for Electronic Discovery
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Two Tiers and a Safe Harbor: Federal Rulemakers Grapple with E-Discovery

Microsoft Corporation Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Microsoft Vice President & Deputy General Counsel Tom Burt recently submitted comments and a visual diagram to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, which is currently accepting public comment regarding the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing electronic discovery. Gregory S. McCurdy, Senior Attorney at Microsoft, will also be testifying before the Advisory Committee on January 12, 2005, in San Francisco at the first of three public hearings. Subsequent hearings are being held in Dallas, Texas, on January 28, 2005, and in Washington, D.C., on February 11, 2005.

Public Comment Period Begins for Federal Civil Rules Proposals

On August 10, 2004, the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved for publication and public comment several proposed amendments to the Federal Civil Rules that specifically address electronic discovery.

The public now has until February 15, 2005 to comment to the Secretary to the Standing Committee regarding the proposed amendments. In addition, public hearings will be held at various dates prior to the February 15 deadline, allowing comments to be given via public testimony. The earliest the proposed rules may go into effect is December 1, 2006. For more information on the amendment process and the public comment period, please click here.

Advisory Committee Recommends New Rules for Electronic Discovery

In April 2004, the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules submitted to the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure several proposed amendments to the Federal Civil Rules specifically addressing the unique challenges of electronic discovery, recommending that the Standing Committee publish these proposals for comment in August 2004. The proposed rules mark the culmination of several years of work by the Advisory Committee and its Discovery Subcommittee examining the issue of whether and how the civil rules should be amended to specifically address electronic discovery issues.

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