3 Objectives you can Reach if you Bring eDiscovery in-House

Posted on June 7, 2010


Bringing eDiscovery in-house is the way to go. At least, that is what recent surveys and analyst reports confirm. Reports from Gartner, IDC, The 451 Group, the eDiscoveryJournal (http://ediscoveryjournal.com/), Enterprise Strategy Group, and many other sources all point in the same direction: bringing eDiscovery in-house is a priority for many organizations.

The main rewards of bringing eDiscovery in-house are very clear: saving cost and controlling risks. What we have seen in many cases is that the bill one can expect to receive for the legal review from an external law firm is often proportional with the amount of documents that are handed over in an eDiscovery process. This means that if you give outside counsel double the number of documents, your bill will probably also double! So, the more irrelevant documents you can justifiably filter out, the lower your external legal bill will be. This is mainly what organizations try to achieve when they bring eDiscovery in house.

This objective can also be achieved by automatically sorting and classifying documents in groups of potentially privileged, confidential, hot, responsive and non-responsive document sets. Part of the legal review can then be done with in-house or off-shore, low-cost contract attorneys. Also, your outside counsel can deploy its resources in a more efficient way by having specialized lawyers look only at relevant documents and not at all kinds of irrelevant or easily-classified documents.

A second objective is to be able to implement a quick and cost effective early case assessment before all documents are reviewed. This is essential to obtain a favorable settlement or to determine what the real issue is, where the legal risks are, and how liable one really is. By having all relevant documents searchable with a powerful exploratory search engine (https://zylab.wordpress.com/category/enterprise-search/), this goal can be achieved rather simply.

A third objective can be found in developing and implementing a method to reduce the overall information overload in an organization by implementing and enforcing proper records- and information management principles. Repurpose, transfer and destroy information according to proper retention schedules and filing plans (a.k.a. data maps). Implementing proper information governance andby reducing your overall information overload you also reduce your future eDiscovery exposure.

Read more here: http://aiimcommunities.org/erm/blog/bringing-ediscovery-house-way-go-beware-risks