Three months after changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) went into effect, the vast majority of businesses are still not confident they are prepared to meet the new requirements. According to survey results released today, 94 per cent of those people responsible for email policy do not feel their organization is fully prepared to meet FRCP requirements. Even more surprisingly, only 38 per cent of those respondents say they are familiar with the changes, which require all companies to know exactly where their electronic documents are stored and to be prepared to make corporate email available to the court in case of a lawsuit.

The survey, which was conducted during the last week of February, found that almost half of the respondents (45.9 per cent) have no retention policy for email, an important step in meeting FRCP rules. In addition, only 8.4 per cent of respondents have met one of the most critical requirements outlined by the FRCP amendments: putting a litigation-hold procedure in place. While 10 per cent of respondents have made changes to the policy to meet FRCP, over 20 per cent are still in the planning stage and 36 per cent were not sure if changes were planned.

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