On December 1, 2006, amendments to the Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure addressing electronic discovery became effective. As a result, parties are now obligated to issue litigation holds prohibiting the destruction of relevant electronic information from the outset of litigation. In addition, parties must affirmatively identify the location of relevant electronically stored information and must be prepared to produce copies or a description of relevant electronically stored information. Baker & Daniels' lawyers are meeting with clients to discuss the impact of the amendments, including implementing a plan for systematic handling of litigation holds, developing comprehensive responses to electronic discovery, drafting or revising document retention policies to ensure compliance with the amendments, and training employees regarding document retention.