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General Counsel Take Note: The E-Discovery Process Continues To Evolve – Part II

September 9, 2008

General Counsel Take Note: The E-Discovery Process Continues To Evolve – Part II

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 2008

As promised, we’re following up with Part II of this e-discovery interview series with Brandon Daniels, Legal Process Consultant, CPA Legal Services; Rob Hellewell, Senior Director, LexisNexis Applied Discovery; and Edward H. Rippey, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP. When asked how companies can save money when dealing with e-discovery for litigation purposes, some respondents brought up offshore solutions, human judgment and volume reduction. Hellewell himself raised the idea of proper software investment, pointing out that while some products may be cheaper in the beginning, they may end up costing you more that you were willing to spend by the end of the day.

“Another factor is the platform used to review email and electronic documents,” said Hellewell. “There are different options, to be sure, but one of the principal mistakes we see is the tendency of some corporate clients to choose the review platform that is least expensive, but not necessarily the most efficient. Review platforms are not created equal. Some may be more expensive than others, but the platform that permits attorneys to complete their review effectively and quickly will save the most money in the long run, irrespective of the upfront costs.”

To know more about what e-discovery issues these experts anticipate facing in the future and their advice on how to cut risks and costs, check out this interview in its entirety. Of course, you can expect us to report back next month with the continuation of this interview.

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