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Digital law and order

February 20, 2008

Digital law and order

Network World, February 12, 2008

In this day and age, it can seem near impossible to avoid an appearance in court and that means it’s critical to have electronic documents in order and ready for litigation. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure require businesses to produce requested electronic data within 30 days, or else be fined thousands of dollars. In order to avoid such a costly penalty, companies are suggested to merge the relationship between legal and IT departments and proactively establish record retention policies. To do this, the author of this article offers five suggested action items that can help prepare business leaders for the future. Following them is not only advisable, but essential to staying afloat in an e-discovery case.

  • 1. Get in sync with legal and business leaders.
  • 2. Get rid of unneeded documents.
  • 3. Know where the e-mails are.
  • 4. Train your staff and end users.
  • 5. Invest in the right document search and retrieval technology for your company.
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