New FRCP Rules: What Does it Mean for You
Michele C.S. Lange, Esq.
On December 1, 2006, the way in which we handle computer documents in discovery changed dramatically. After more than five years and countless hours of work by Advisory Committee members, proposed changes relating to electronically stored information (ESI) in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) recently took effect. The changes to Rules 16, 26, 33, 34, 37 and 45 offer guidelines for counsel as they make decisions about the relevance, discoverability, production and costs associated with email, word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases and more.