As of Dec. 1, 2006, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, aimed directly at regulating e-discovery, have gone into effect. The question now arises: What, in practical terms, should prospective litigants and their counsel do, to comply with (and take advantage of) the new rules?

This article is a brief attempt to summarize some of the most important practical points in dealing with the new rules. It is important to recognize, however, that there will be room for interpretation in the implementation of the rules. Thus, it will be useful for counsel and their clients to monitor developments, as courts around the country apply the new rules.