The Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and by extension the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, are effective this coming Friday, December 1, 2006.  You can read a summary of the amendments by clicking here.  All lawyers, including in-house counsel, should be aware of the new rules regarding electronic discovery and the preservation of electronic data.  Here is another article that discusses the new rules and you can also read the Electronic Discovery Blog for cases on the subject.