The proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which the Supreme Court approved in April, are certain to bring a sea change in the way modern litigation is conducted.

Now that we are less than six months away from the promulgation of the rules (Dec. 1), judges and practitioners alike are already referring to the new guidelines as they try to navigate the wide-reaching, uncharted waters of e-discovery. The amendment that portends the farthest-reaching changes is proposed Rule 26(b)(2)(B), which states: