In the U.S., the ABA has estimated that document review alone accounts for more than 80 percent of total litigation spend, totaling tens of billions of dollars per year. As data becomes more varied and complex and volumes increase, that number is only going to rise. The dominance of social media, the increased use of short form multichannel messaging platforms, and even the growing popularity of podcasts have only widened the scope of what is considered fair game for discovery.
Thought Leadership and Industry Trends
As we hit the halfway point in a year like no other, now is a good time to take a look at your service provider relationships. Are they meeting your standards – and, for that matter, have your standards changed? Four legal-technologists from CDS had an in-depth discussion on that very topic during the recent webinar, What Have You Done for Me Lately? Examining Your Vendor Relationships.
Automation and artificial intelligence are continuing to bring significant improvements to the whole EDRM process – from information governance through collection, review and production.
As eDiscovery tools evolve, they are addressing a broader array of workflow issues. Project managers, law firms and companies can make use of new features to help them with all aspects of document review and production as well as for deposition and trial preparation.
As eDiscovery becomes increasingly complex, it requires those handling the collection and review process to have expertise in multiple areas of technology and the law. Vast quantities of data and new data types means eDiscovery team members need to work together more than ever before.
On large, time-consuming projects, a kick-off call is a great way of investing a small amount of time upfront to save energy long-term.
As the eDiscovery industry has evolved, the difference between skill sets of service provider technologists and law firm litigation support analysts has been blurred.
Law firms and corporations have come to expect certain professional service levels from their eDiscovery providers…The challenge for firms and companies is to find a service provider who strikes the right balance between client-centric flexibility and process-driven support.
A consistent theme in our posts is explaining the benefits of technology when used properly. The key is to understand what technology can and cannot do and how lawyers and technologists can work together to achieve the best results.
By Regina Chepalis, Managing Director CDS Mid-Atlantic — One of the main trends in the world of litigation is companies and law firms analyzing their approach to managing eDiscovery. They are evaluating what services to keep or move in-house versus outsourcing.