Litigators bemoan the fact that the volume of documents and data produced and requested during discovery continues to increase year on year – as does the volume of electronically stored information (ESI) that clients must preserve. There is a glut of ESI arising as a consequence of the exponential growth in the creation and exchange of electronic files and email traffic.
Between two paths, each of which is imperfect, which has the least impact on staff hours and the most prospect for finding the needles in the haystack? – Aaron Goodman
The result is that even in cases with a relatively low monetary value, there are often still hundreds of thousands or even millions of files relevant to the case, and a significant portion of the cost of litigation is driven by the obligation to preserve, search, review, and produce this ESI. However, the same computing power that has provided this overabundance of data may also provide the solution for reviewing, coding, and producing it in litigation with minimal human review.
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Reproduced with permission from the American Bar Association.