eDiscovery Guide

Welcome to FindLaw's Guide to Electronic Discovery. Based on the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), this tool will help you develop your knowledge of e-discovery practices and determine the best strategies for success with complex e-discovery issues. Launched in May 2005, the EDRM Project was created to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the electronic discovery market -- a problem identified in the 2003 and 2004 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery surveys as a major concern for vendors and consumers alike. The completed reference model provides a common, flexible and extensible framework for the development, selection, evaluation and use of electronic discovery products and services.
eDiscovery Guide Articles
    • Preservation: Legal Requirements
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      A brief discussion of the duty to preserve relevant and material evidence is appropriate.

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    • Review: Managing the Review Process
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      The process of reviewing electronic data presents a variety of challenges, and the decisions attorneys make in managing the review process are critical to guiding the course of a lawsuit or government investigation.

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    • Processing: Data Conversion
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      Once a variety of search strategies have been implemented, the documents and/or identified information may be staged for review depending on the instructions of the legal team.

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    • Collection: Cost Drivers
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      The cost of processing documents for electronic discovery can be tremendous.

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    • Review: Selecting a Vendor, Part 1
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      There are many factors that need to be considered when selecting a third-party vendor for the review portion of your electronic discovery project.

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