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Understanding E-Discovery

July 30, 2008

Understanding E-Discovery

Townhall.com, July 21, 2008

E-discovery is becoming increasingly common in courtrooms, with many “midsize” lawsuits expected to generate between $2.5 to $3.5 million in e-discovery costs alone, according to this article. To help cope with this reality, this article highlights a few publications that shed light on the complex issue and offers tricks of the trade.

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) recently released The Emerging Challenge of Electronic Discovery: Strategies for American Businesses, a publication designed to help small businesses plan and prepare for e-discovery. Since large organizations typically use outside sources to help them with legal issues, smaller entities typically need specialized resources to help guide them through the trenches.

The IAALS also released Electronic Discovery: A View from the Front Lines, which summaries the state of the industry since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were established. This publication illustrates how the rules impact companies and the ways in which they conduct business, as compared to pre-Federal Rules.

If you’re interested in either of these publications, be sure to download them for free directly through this article. Read them now or save them for a rainy day, remember that you can never be too prepared when it comes to e-discovery.

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