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You have heard this one before. Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are in the works that could alleviate the e-discovery burdens of organizations. Greeting this news with skepticism would probably be justified. After all, many feel that the last set of amendments failed to meet the hype of streamlining the discovery process to make litigation costs more reasonable. Others, while not declaring the revised rules a failure, nonetheless believe that the amendments have been doomed by the lack of adherence among counsel and the courts. Regardless of the differing perspectives, there seems to be agreement on both sides that the rules have spawned more collateral disputes than ever before about the preservation and collection of electronically stored information (ESI).

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