The new federal electronic discovery rules become effective December 1, 2006.   Fed. R. Civ. P. 26, 33, 34, 37, and 45 are being amended to take into account the importance of electronic records in the discovery process.

Here are the pending rules amendments.

Thanks to the Minnesota Business Litigation blog for the reminder.

Lawyers may also want to stay tuned for a panel discussion of the new electronic discovery rules with Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighell and Ron Friedmann of Prism Legal Consulting.

Dennis Kennedy also has a helpful electronic discovery resources page you may want to check out.