How eDiscovery Helps in Litigation Support

Lisa Smith
June 21, 2011 — 874 views  
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With continuous unprecedented growth in electronically stored information in the past few years, and, with this information showing no signs of letting up in the coming years, companies are struggling with information risk from new resources like cloud computing, web 2.0 tools, etc. These technologies present eDiscovery challenges that will keep in-house legal experts and other law firms working at full capacity.

This rapid growth of eDiscovery in recent years has caused many organizations to develop standards and practices with the goal of harmonizing eDiscovery across organizations and law firms. With data being kept in offsite cloud storage, litigation support experts are concerned about how fast this data can be accessed. Is data stored in the cloud completely searchable?

No lawyer today can afford to ignore eDiscovery and needs to stay abreast of eDiscovery and developments in this field. This has become all the more necessary due to a December 2006 amendment to the FRCP, wherein digital data is implicated irrespective of the case, the court or rising costs. Increasing litigation presents significant e-discovery challenges for corporations, government agencies, and law firms.

A Paradigm Shift for Law Firms to the eDiscovery Platform

With the number of litigations increasing, organizations are finding it difficult to address these challenges and at the same time control costs. The traditional tools being used are time consuming and lack the transparency and defensibility needed for litigation, increasing the risk for organizations of losing the case.

This and the court sanctions have made organizations wake up to the needs of eDiscovery. They have moved to standardizing on an eDiscovery platform to provide a cost effective, competitive and defensible process for eDiscovery to their clients. Thus the market dynamics for litigation services are changing due to the inception of new technology coupled with demands from corporate for more cost effective and timeline specific discovery.

A single eDiscovery software solution can provide quality assurance, identification, collection, pre-processing filtering, processing, analysis, review, redaction, and production, in a single, integrated product. This eliminates the need for import and export of data between multiple litigation software tools, reduces manual errors and lowers the overall cost and duration of electronic data discovery. This will support organizations' investments and ensure that theireDiscovery program is repeatable and defensible.

In the coming years eDiscovery and litigation support will change in important and exciting ways. Companies are seeking to lower costs while maintaining adequate risk management. To meet these goals, organizations and law firms need to adopt an end-to-end eDiscovery solution that will solve the most pressing challenges of litigation today streamline the entire e-discovery lifecycle with a single, easy-to-use application and make the electronic data discovery process cost-effective and defensible.

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Lisa Smith