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Technology Keeps E-Discovery Costs in Check – Even with Terabytes

I’m very happy that Mark McGrath, a partner at Sheppard Mullin, has taken the time to address this growing concern. It’s been only 10 years since the FRCP were amended to include e-discovery, but what a decade it has been. The amount of data we generate electronically has risen exponentially. The Radicati Group found that the majority of email traffic in 2013 comes from business email, which amounts to approximately 100 billion emails sent and received per day. That doesn’t include other forms of electronic communication, electronic repositories that house data, and other electronic documents that fall under the “relevant” umbrella. The longer we use email, the more that builds up and needs to be sorted, catalogued, and produced during litigation.

Eliminating unrelated data in the early phases is the key to cost savings, which Sheppard Mullin realized through its use of UnitedLex’s Questio service. Email isn’t going away anytime soon, and with the increasing amount of communication happening on other platforms, such as enterprise social networks, consumer social media, and even mobile devices, we won’t be just swimming in a sea of data – they’ll be drowning. It’s more than time to learn how technology can ease the financial pain of e-discovery and keep us afloat. Sheppard Mullin is just one example of how firms can slash e-discovery costs. In my next post, we will discuss some other cost cutting measure that can be taken.