Canada, Australia, and United Kingdom Adopt US-Style Electronic Discovery

March 18, 2009
In a continuing international trend, Canada and Australia recently implemented new rules governing the production of electronically stored information (ESI) that are closely modeled on the electronic discovery provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. These rule changes follow a seminal opinion in the United Kingdom that applied electronic discovery standards derived from U.S. case law to a cross-border discovery dispute. This update examines the new electronic discovery rules and how they will impact multinational corporations.