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Through A Lawyer’s Lens: Measuring Performance in Conducting Large Scale Searches Against Heterogeneous Data Sets In Satisfaction of Litigation Requirements Statement of the Problem

By Submission Jason and R. Baron


Increasingly, civil litigation in the United States involves requests on the part of one or both parties to a lawsuit for responsive documents from vast corporate or institutional repositories comprised of electronic data. Today’s “state of the art” document request requires searches to be conducted against a spectrum of electronic applications residing on desktops, networks, and even backup media, for the purpose of obtaining every type of electronic object (and its corresponding metadata) created or received by the party responding to document production. Failure to meet minimal legal standards in performing adequate searches for electronic data has led to both headlines and multi-million dollar, even billion dollar, adverse judgments against underperforming parties in litigation. Yet even where lawyers are attempting to respond to discovery in good faith, it has become almost axiomatic that they cannot solely rely on manual means to cull through terabytes of data for “responsive ” documents; thus, the legal community increasingly has found it necessary to turn to automated methods for making this Herculean task more manageable

Year: 2006
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