Rule 37 [Safe Harbor]
Rule 37. Failure to Make Disclosures or Cooperate in Discovery; Sanctions
(f) Electronically Stored Information.
Absent exceptional circumstances, a court may not impose sanctions under these rules on a party for failing to provide electronically stored information lost as a result of the routine, good-faith operation of an electronic information system.
Rule 37 Summary
This rule provides a safe harbor against discovery sanctions for failure to produce electronically stored information (ESI) that was destroyed as part of the good-faith operation of a data management system.
Rule 37 Checklist
- Review your client’s document retention and management policies
- Ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory retention requirements – this safe harbor only applies to discovery sanctions.