As you know, e-discovery has become a large and complex part of litigation over the last few years, and it continues to evolve at a rapid rate.
With the goal of providing information that can help you better understand the e-discovery process and its advancement, this month we included “E-discovery, My How You’ve Grown.”
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E-Discovery, My How You’ve Grown
By John Tredennick, Catalyst Repository Systems
I got an email the other day from Justin, our business development rep in Chicago. He was writing about a case we had been helping with for maybe a year now. It was an interesting matter but nothing out of the ordinary. I believe they have about 150,000 documents on the site.
Justin wrote to tell me that our client would be adding data to the site, also nothing out of the ordinary. But then he surprised me. “They expect to be adding another 28 million pages to the site,” he reported. That did get my attention.
“Did you mean 28,000 pages?” I wrote back, mostly just to kid him. “Perhaps that was a typo,” I continued.
“Nope,” he answered. “That was not a typo. Our partner says to expect another 28 million pages on the site.” I had to laugh when I thought about that volume. We have come a long way in this industry when 28 million pages isn’t all that unusual.
When Discovery Had No ‘E’ in Front
We started Catalyst in 2000, more than 10 years ago. At the time, there was no “e” in front of discovery. Digital mostly meant scanned images of the paper originals. Even the email that existed was printed out to paper and then scanned. I remember former partners of mine who would get a CD in production. The first thing they asked for was to print it out. Often we would stamp the pages and scan them back in to the system.
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