Significant changes to the FRCP affecting the legal discovery of ESI became effective on December 1, 2015.

At the heart of the amendments is a renewed effort to provide judges and lawyers with practical tools to help move the discovery process along and keeps costs in control. The amendments, including revisions to Rules 1, 16, 26, 34, and 37, are intended to provide new guidelines on the scope of discovery and the spoliation of ESI while emphasizing the need for proportionality and cooperation between parties.

Now, more than ever, both counselor and client will need to familiarize themselves with the rules changes and prepare for their impact on discovery. KLDiscovery has published a new guide, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Practical Analysis for Organizations and Legal Teams, which provides the text of the major rules amendments and the accompanying Committee Notes. It also examines their impact on key eDiscovery rule provisions, along with analysis for organizations and their legal teams.

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