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On April 12, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously approved, without comment, significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning electronic discovery. Absent adverse action by Congress, those amendments will take effect on Dec. 1.

The Judicial Conference of the United States, the rule-making body of the federal court system, had unanimously approved the changes in September 2005 and transmitted them to the Supreme Court. These rule changes reflect that litigation discovery has been revolutionized by electronic storage of vast amounts of information and were preceded and informed by judicial application of the existing procedural rules to electronic discovery issues.

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