In 2006, courts and litigants braced for the electronic data discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Conventional wisdom suggested pandemonium would ensue as parties wrangled over the meaning and relative impact of the amended rules on their respective cases.

Instead, in 2007, courts quickly responded with several rulings that clarified the amended rules. Then in 2008, the EDD community saw its most active year to date, with opinions delving into the technology for search and retrieval, the meet-and-confer process and the enactment of Federal Rule of Evidence 502 to combat waiver of attorney-client privilege resulting from the inadvertent production of electronically stored information.

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