In response to the skyrocketing costs of electronic discovery, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Electronic Discovery Committee has enacted a pilot program called the Principles Relating to the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information ("Principles"). The Principles' purpose is to reduce the burden and cost of discovery in litigation brought on primarily by the use of electronic stored information in today's world. The Principles emphasize cooperation and proportionality. As a result, counsel and their clients must not only understand the identity and location of a client's ESI prior to the initial status conference but also meet and confer with opposing counsel prior to the initial status conference to develop a comprehensive ESI plan. This essay outlines the requirements set forth in the Principles and how the Principles affect a client's preparation for engaging in litigation that includes discovery of ESI.
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Solis, Tina B.
"A Discussion of the Seventh Circuit's Electronic Discovery Pilot Program and Its Impact on Early Case Assessment,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 30:
3, Article 1.
Tina B. Solis, A Discussion of the Seventh Circuit's Electronic Discovery Pilot Program and Its Impact on Early Case Assessment, 30 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 563 (2010).