New federal rules on discovery of electronic data mean thattargets of civil and their defense attorneys must developstrategies for preserving and evaluating their data or sufferexpensive consequences, according to consultants.

Their advice was offered yesterday during a Web seminarsponsored by Chicago-based insurance broker Aon, which discussedamendments to the federal rules of civil procedure that becameeffective this month.

Cliff Shnier, vice president for Aon Consulting financialadvisory and litigation consulting group, noted that the volume ofinformation that is stored on computers has made it necessary forthe rule changes.

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