Globalization and the growing mountain of electronically stored information inevitably will lead to an increase in discovery requests for ESI located abroad. Companies are meeting the challenge of globalization by creating networks of electronic data that allow employees around the world to connect to the same set of data no matter where it is located.

But no consistent methodology exists for U.S. courts to evaluate whether discovery of ESI abroad is appropriate, and if so, the consequences for not complying with a discovery order.

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