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Great Resource for Status of State eDiscovery Rules – eDiscovery Trends

Ever wonder about your state and what eDiscovery rules it has?  Or if it has any at all?  The graphic of the US map you see here provides the key.

Winston & Strawn has a handy interactive map of the US (which looks just like this graphic) that enables you to click on any state (assuming that it has any information about rules) and get a page with links to the actual rules for that state (or documents related to rules being considered).  Wonder what the colors mean?  Here’s a key:

  • Green: This state essentially follows the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) eDiscovery model.
  • Blue: This state follows its own independent eDiscovery model.
  • Yellow: This state is in the process of undertaking and/or considering eDiscovery rules.
  • Orange: This state has not undertaken eDiscovery rulemaking activity to date.

Simply click on a state and you’ll be taken to a page with a listing of rules, orders, sample orders, etc., which, in turn, are also interactive and clickable.  For example, here is the list for Texas, my home state:

State Rules

  • TX_R. CP 196.4 Electronic or Magnetic Data

Federal Rules

  • TX_ S D LR Patent Cases Rules of Prac
  • TX_ S. D. Ct Procedures of Lee Rosenthal
  • TX_ S.D. Ct Procedures of J. Atlas
  • TX_E.D. Notice of Scheduling Conf
  • TX_N. D. District Misc Order No. 62

There are a few states that don’t seem to be clickable, but they are “orange states”, so it’s my guess that they simply have no documents available for that state.  This is a very useful and handy guide to eDiscovery rules in each of the states – well done, Winston & Strawn!

So, what do you think?  Can you believe that there are still apparently ten states with no eDiscovery rules?   Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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