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E-Discovery: Not just for the big cases

Posted by rjbiii on September 27, 2007

So reports

Divorce attorney Carol Goloff often hears stories from wives whose husbands have been unfaithful. The proof, she says, is in the printout.
“The spouse will always have the e-mails and instant messages,” said Goloff, who has offices in Northfield and Upper Township. “I have more than a dozen cases where we have the actual transcripts of the online conversation.”

When matrimonial bliss goes bust, attorneys are looking to technology – from laptops to BlackBerrys to E-ZPass – for evidence to build their cases. This new way of collecting information is called electronic discovery, or e-discovery, and it’s changing the way law firms do business.

“As a trend, it’s been the biggest development in civil litigation in decades,” said attorney John Coughlin, of the law firm Duane Morris in Princeton.

Because of the changes to information systems, their integration into daily life, and new collaborative technologies, data can be found in all sorts of places. No case is immune, and the presence of ESI in cases will be the rule in the future, if it isn’t already.

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