From the Electronic Discovery Law weblog of K&L Gates:
Beginning October 1, , Phase One of the Seventh Circuit’s new Electronic Discovery Pilot Program (“Pilot Program”) will begin. The Pilot Program will be implemented through Standing Orders in selected cases, and evaluated through questionnaires to participating judges and lawyers.The Pilot Program was developed as a result of recent and ongoing discussions throughout the industry regarding the need for cooperation and reform, especially in light “the rising burden and cost of discovery in litigation in the United States brought on primarily by the use of electronically stored information…”
The first phase of the Pilot Program will end on May 1. To learn, read the full post from Electronic Discovery Law, as well as the Statement of Purpose from the 7th Circuit (pdf).