Concept search is a powerful tool in the e-discovery arsenal. When properly utilized, concept search can be a valuable way to expand the scope of your review or to narrow its focus. However, concept searches are often misused because of the prevalence of the Boolean paradigm. This paper outlines best practices that will allow you to get the most out of concept searching.
In order to conduct a successful document review, lawyers need to be able to quickly and effectively view documents in electronic format. Document database aside, review efficiency relies heavily on whether reviewers choose to use PDF files or TIFF files. PDF documents are more secure, smaller, more accessible, and more cost efficient than TIFF files. For good reason, the standard is trending towards use of PDF over TIFF.
Use of effective search queries can save a significant amount of time and money in electronically-stored information (ESI) document processing and review, by culling huge collections down to a more manageable size. Crafting effective word-search queries, though, can be troublesome, especially when the documents to be searched are in a foreign and unfamiliar language. The techniques used for creating effective foreign-language queries, for the most part, apply to creating English-language queries as well. Above all, the creation of queries must be treated as a fluid and evolving process, not just a one-time exercise. This process must be documented thoroughly, if one is to insulate themselves from a potential motion for sanctions.
The editor of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel interviews LLM CTO Scott Pittman on trends in legal technology.
By understandingwhat cloud computing is, how it can benefityou and what to look for in a serviceprovider, your corporation’s legaldepartment can make the best decisionsregarding the use of this powerful technology.
Responding to an RFP can cost a service provider between $3,000 and $5,000 for writing and production. It can cost the issuer far more when you factor in the time to generate, distribute and review all of the proposals. However, RFPs are a beneficial tool for your business if properly utilized and implemented. The process allows you to gain insight into the available options and evaluate the criteria that are most important. So how do you make sure that issuing an RFP is worth your while?
In an age when the Internet and technology reign supreme and data is increasing exponentially, the future of litigation is changing. Corporations don't have time or money to waste on stagnant legal plans and murky details; everyone is now
operating in real time and decisions need to be reached faster. With these rapid changes, inside and outside counsel can no longer afford to simply work together; it is imperative that they work well together. Corporate counsel must forge
strong working relationships with both outside counsel and services providers – relationships that are both dynamic and
fluid as well as powered by effective communication. In this article we will outline a three-point process and two
accompanying cycles that – if followed proactively – corporations will find helps their litigation efforts gain efficiency and
There is a current push among some commentators for companies to bring electronically stored information (ESI) processing in-house, claiming that the cost savings will justify the expense. Certainly, there are aspects of managing ESI that can – that should – be handled in-house. But when it comes to processing and hosting, do any companies other than the largest need that kind of capacity … and what is the true expense?
Even though outside litigation counsel may be managing the discovery phase of litigation, the ultimate responsibility for a good-faith document production lies with the client company's in-house legal team. How do you keep review and production costs under control, while at the same time avoiding an expensive motion for sanctions?
The Sedona Conference estimates that a single 14-cent gigabyte of storage space can easily take 150 hours to review. Multiply that times several hard drives, and the numbers can put even the biggest companies’ legal budgets on tilt. Can costs of reviewing and producing ESI be kept to a reasonable level?
If you follow international news at all, then you already know how important the Far East has become to our global economy. It is said that China, for example, will soon pass the United States as the world’s leading consumer nation. Japan’s technological trailblazing has kept it a very powerful economic force for decades. South Korea, Vietnam and, of course, the Middle East are each becoming bigger players on the world stage, and all are creating a new generation of capitalists and consumers. And, as those of us in the United States well know, capitalists and consumers file lawsuits.
Just as important as EDD and the discovery process, are the steps that follow allowing attorneys to develop well-crafted cases. Once documents have been produced to opposing counsel, the work really begins. Firms must wade through the documents produced to them, take depositions and file pleadings. Since documents are produced in electronic form, keeping them in this format enables better management of documents. Firms that preserve documents electronically in a case management system will consistently reap the benefits of legal technology throughout the life of the case.
It is a common misconception in the legal community that Web-based solutions work only for large firms handling massive cases. In fact, Web-based solutions are extremely beneficial to cases and firms of all sizes. By their sheer design, these systems lend themselves to being the ultimate collaborative tool for litigation. Regardless of firm size, litigation preparation tasks are all basically the same, so to better serve clients, firms look to Web-based solutions for efficiency.