The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules met on April 10 and 11, 2014 and approved proposed amendments to some of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that concern e-discovery.  Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda.  The proposed amendments to Rule 26 would emphasize the concept of proportionality in discovery and suggest a narrower scope of permitted discovery by deleting language that currently authorizes discovery of “any matter relevant to the subject matter involved” upon a showing of “good cause.”  The Advisory Committee also approved revisions to Rule 37(e) that would limit a court’s ability to award the most serious forms of sanctions for a failure to preserve electronically stored information to only those circumstances in which the court finds that the “party acted with the intent to deprive another party of the information’s use in the litigation.”  That limitation would apply to spoliation instructions, presumptions that lost evidence was unfavorable, and dismissal or default judgment sanctions.  Absent a finding of intentional spoliation, a court would be limited to ordering “measures no greater than necessary to cure the prejudice.”  The amended rules will next be considered by the Standing Committee.