Intel Faces Up to E-Mail Retention Problems in AMD Lawsuit

From the eWeek article:

A judge gives the company 30 days to find missing e-mails; meanwhile, Intel’s foibles reveal a prime example of what businesses of all sizes now face since the institution of new federal e-discovery court rules.

Intel has 30 days to recover 1,000 missing emails subject to the courts discovery order. The judge also ordered Intel to document the process of how they recover and produce the missing emails.

Wow! This definitely makes the case for Better ECM. Effectively managing company emails as official business records and preserving them when they are the subject of ongoing litigation (placing them on legal hold) is the foundation of any well designed and operated enterprise content management strategy and program.

There are quite a few companies that should take heed of the challenges Intel is facing and get busy putting their content houses in order. This should be a wake up call!

The new Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that specifically address the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) went into effect December 1, 2006 and call for the expeditious delivery of ESI subject to a court ordered discovery request.

I came across the “Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges” at Information Governance Engagement Area. Hat tip to Rob Robinson.

Every Chief Risk Officer, Corporate Records Manager, Corporate General Counsel, etc. should read and have a copy of this pocket guide.

And then, start working on making their ECM Better!

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2 thoughts on “Intel Faces Up to E-Mail Retention Problems in AMD Lawsuit

  1. This makes a very convincing argument for managing email the same as any other content. By managing the Life-Cycle of email organizations will be in compliance,lower risk, with much less cost for e-discovery.

    Ed Rawson
    Sr. ECM Architect and Business Analyst

  2. Ed,

    Thanks for stopping by BetterECM. I have maintained that perspective regarding email all along. It is no different than a snail mail letter that a company receives.

    It is strange how the perceived value as a business record is different and the only real difference is the transportation mechanism.