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The New ESI Sanctions Framework under the Proposed Rule
By Philip Favro
The debate over the necessity, substance, and form of the proposed eDiscovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Rules) has been ongoing now for over four years. Since the Duke Conference convened in May 2010, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Civil Rules (Committee) has been working to address many of the perceived shortcomings in the current Rules regime.1 Their efforts have not been conducted in a vacuum. Interest groups representing parties on either side of the “v” in litigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and even individual federal judges have lobbied the Committee in an effort to shape the final form of the proposed amendments.2 This process, while both lengthy and necessary, may finally be reaching its closing stages. With the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure having approved the Rules amendment package this past month, the proposed changes appear to be on track for implementation by December 1, 2015.
As I write this column, there is a move afoot in the Kansas House to begin the process of eliminating court reporters in the courtrooms of Kansas. In times where there constantly seems to be more needs than money, proposals like this, which a few years ago would have been unthinkable, now seem to be gaining traction. The Kansas Supreme Court’s own Blue Ribbon Commission and its more recent Court Budget Advisory Council have both breached this topic as well in recent years as a potential cost savings idea.