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The Honorable Shira Scheindlin, federal district court judge for the Southern District of New York, went out of her way to slam newly proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Rules) in a recent court opinion and order (opinion). The impact of Judge Sheindlin’s opinion is likely to have a profound effect on the Rules debate given her influence over changes to the original e-discovery amendments in 2006. Not only was Judge Scheindlin a longtime member of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Advisory Committee from 1998 to 2005, several of the issues she addressed in her Zubulake line of decisions were incorporated into the current Rules back in 2006 – perhaps explaining how she earned the moniker the Godmother of E-discovery.

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