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FindLaw's Legal Technology Center's eDiscovery collection includes free articles on one of the biggest topics in legal technology. In 2005, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) were amended to integrate electronic discovery into the litigation process. Understanding these complex rules may be crucial to the success of your legal matter.

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  • Introduction to the New World of eDiscovery
    Provided by Kevin Fayle of FindLaw
    The new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect on December 1, 2006, forever altering the e-discovery landscape. More than ever, it is important for attorneys to understand the lifecycle of "electronically stored information" (ESI) - from its creation and storage, to its production to opposing parties.

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  • eDiscovery Search: How To Get It Right
    Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
    Even companies that truly want to fulfill their e-discovery obligations properly are struggling to figure out exactly how to get the job done. Indeed, in recent months, the topic of e-discovery "search" has taken center stage. Traditional approaches to sifting through large collections of data for relevant or privileged information, such as keyword and Boolean search, are being called into question by some members of the bar, the bench, and the industry at large.

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  • The Power of PreDiscovery
    Provided by Robert Childress III of Wave Software
    Electronic discovery is about fact finding, accuracy, truth . . . and money. Corporate clients pay millions of dollars, in some cases, for the time and expertise of their lawyers and technologists. These costs are rising, the direct result of rising quantities of discoverable electronically stored information (ESI).

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  • Government Open Access Laws: Let's (Not) Be Blunt
    Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
    Federal and state open access laws allow the public to monitor the activities of government. Indeed, the federal Freedom of Information Act and its state counterpart "Sunshine Laws" are at the bedrock of our democracy. As has been held by the United States Supreme Court, an informed citizenry is essential to a fully functioning democracy and must keep track of "what the government is up to."

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  • Drilling For Federal Information on The Internet
    Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
    In prior articles, I have explained that the public can gain access to federal information by submitting requests to government agencies and departments under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In theory at least, requested information will be provided unless an agency or department invokes an exemption justifying withholding of the information.

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  • eDiscovery and Databases: Understanding the Basics of Structured Data in Litigation
    Provided by Lauren Allen and Angela Reeves of IE Discovery
    During the past decade, the amount of electronic data created by a typical organization has grown at a staggering rate. Most organizations have responded to this trend by managing critical information-for example, payroll, employee, and contract data-in structured environments like databases and spreadsheets. Electronic discovery, however, often focuses mainly on email and electronic documents, despite the fact that structured data sources frequently contain critical evidence.

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  • Managing an Online Document Review
    Provided by Peter McLaughlin of Fios, Inc.
    Electronic discovery projects are, by nature, chaotic. When dealing with electronically stored information (ESI) from dozens of custodians, a variety of vendors and service providers, hundreds of different file types, several pages of search terms, and an uncooperative adversary, you have all the ingredients for confusion and disorder. The job of the legal team is to bring order to this confusion and counter uncertainty with structure and management control.

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  • Not Just Another Article on eDiscovery Review
    Provided by Allen L. Gurney of Fios, Inc.
    I, and my fellow electronic discovery veterans, have authored thousands of prescriptive articles offering sage advice on how to best improve and conduct an e-discovery review. Our industry often talks about "best" like they are non-intuitive or otherwise so unique that only the truly gifted and inspired can attain such vaulted status. In truth, I believe that the best e-discovery review best practices are better characterized as the application of real-life lessons.

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  • Driving to the FRCP 26(f) Conference: Use a Map, Ask for Directions or Fly Blind?
    Provided by Eric Sedwick of Fios, Inc.
    It's a warm Sunday afternoon. The convertible's idling with the top down and is ready for a drive in the country. You have no idea where you're going or what you'll do when you get there, but it's definitely spontaneous and sounds like fun. So, rather than using a map or asking for directions, you decide to fly blind and just get in the car and drive. If you get lost, no problem; you'll eventually find a gas station and get directions back to the highway.

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  • eDiscovery and Databases: Understanding the Basics of Structured Data in Litigation II
    Provided by Belinda Longoria of IE Discovery
    Part I of our series on structured data discussed how it is an important part of electronic discovery. We learned how to create a comprehensive and accurate structured data collection; the primary issues to consider when collecting and producing structured data; and what to do with the collected data. In the second part of this series, we will delve deeper into how to make the most of your structured data.

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