What do you want for Christmas? New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure?

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with last minute shopping, snow days, etc. this December….now you have some new e-Discovery procedures to worry about. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), amended in August 2006, went into effect on December 1st, 2006.

What Does It Mean To Me?

It means is that the rules of email retention for evidence have just changed. It defines what is acceptable for discovery and disclosure for legal cases. It affects every single business, regardless of size or non-profit status. No one gets an exemption for this one! Any business, person, or organization involved in a federal court case is considered to be impacted. A broad definition of what is considered “electronically stored information” has been defined. IT Departments will need to know:

  • What email is stored anywhere in the organization.
  • How to produce email and how much effort it would take to produce it.
  • When and how email may be deleted.

…and you should take it seriously, a single delay can be expensive. One U.S. District Court ruled that an appropriate fine for a delay was $50,000!!!  

(Thanks to the guys at Socha Consulting for this update! Check out their post for the finer details.)

Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Seeing this post reminds me of something I’ve noticed lately…. that when it comes to dealing with something

  2. Keith Combs says:

    Purge EVERYTHING !!!  🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Make sure you take some time looking at Kai Axford’s recent blog post . As Kai reminds us, there are

  4. Great Response from Susan! As always, you need to read up on the new regulations and see how they apply to your business. Susan points a great link on here blog:


  5. Anonymous says:

    This is the link to the US Governments site explaining all the details and without the advertisement.


Skip to main content