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Paragon Legal Technology Support, an eDiscovery provider in Atlanta, Georgia (www.paragonafa.com), recently managed a project utilizing iCONECT’s XERA® document review platform, in combination with XERA Analytics (powered by CAAT® from Content Analyst Company). This project has provided a unique opportunity to quantify the difference in results between a “non-analytics” review versus an “analytics review.” Rarely do two back-to-back projects, within weeks of one another, use the same reviewers, same dataset, same custodians and have similar issues. Such were the circumstances during Paragon’s recent document review of 7TB of data.
Since the amended United States Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have taken effect in 2006 to incorporate electronically stored information as discoverable, technology in the legal space involves an interesting mix of forensics, e-discovery and review. There are now software companies that have done a great job in bridging the gap from forensic collections to data analysis and data/document review.
Organizations that face complex litigation events are better prepared to face their ediscovery challenges when the stakeholders have taken steps to align their agendas, business processes, and IT infrastructure investments at the onset. Under this scenario, the ediscovery document review and collaboration platform should have the scale, performance, and infrastructure capabilities to support multiple data formats, complex workflows, and granular security, work product, and data segregation models while still meeting review and production turnaround objectives and cost constraints.
As data volumes grow, more corporate litigants will look to technology-assisted review technologies to realize process efficiencies and enhance eDiscovery strategy response planning. IDC anticipates an increase in the use of technology-assisted large scale review among litigants as well as an expansion in the types of use cases using these technologies.
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eDiscovery is increasingly a strategic issue for companies, outside law firms, and legal service providers. The Gibson Dunn 2011 Mid-Year eDiscovery Update notes that eDiscovery decisions are growing at an aggressive rate.