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The Brave New World Of e-Discovery Rules

Wolf Rick | August 29, 2006

Electronic data has no natural lifecycle and can exist on an IT system forever—which sounds ideal, right until a subpoena lands on your desk.

As email and other computer information accumulate across the world at alarming rates, organizations are making the rationalization of records and information management (“RIM”) a top priority. According to a 2006 survey by the Business Roundtable, chief executives rank litigation as among a short list of top cost pressures, and a 2005 study by the Association of Corporate Counsel indicates that chief legal officers rate compliance, e-discovery and RIM as the highest risk areas for the next five years

What’s more, when the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure take effect in December, every court case will involve early...

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