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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 The new e-discovery burden

Eric Sinrod, a partner at Duane Morris and columnist about technology and legal issues, wrote in his recent post some of his thoughts on the one-year anniversary of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) amendments. I wanted to highlight one statement about the onerous burden FRCP puts on mid-size organizations:

... Parties in a lawsuit can now demand from each other word processing documents, e-mails, voice mail and instant messages, blogs, backup tapes and database files. [...] Failure to comply with these sundry electronic production obligations can lead to serious sanctions, sometimes to the tune of millions of dollars.
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1 comment:

derek said...

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Companies do not understand their true exposure and will not until they start treating email and related communications as corporate records.