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UK Article ponders “How to Survive” Electronic Discovery

Posted by rjbiii on September 10, 2007

Computer Weekly discusses the challenges associated with electronic discovery, and comes up with a list of issues that is familiar to us in this area. George Socha is quoted:

“It’s becoming a normal course of e-discovery to engage in extraordinary action,” said George J. Socha, founder of Socha Consulting LLC, an e-discovery consulting service. “Companies are forced to search each and every device where data could possibly be stored …This has the potential to massively disrupt business and, in some cases, bankrupt companies,” he said.

Socha’s latest report on the market estimates that US revenue from e-discovery tools and services was about $2 billion in 2006, up 51% from 2005. He anticipates the market will grow at approximately 33% from 2006 to 2007, 28% from 2007 to 2008 and 23% from 2008 to 2009. If these growth estimates are realized, the e-discovery market in the U.S. will exceed $4 billion by 2009.

The key for companies and their attorneys is to be prepared before the dispute ever occurs. Many discover this too late, to their own detriment. Click on the “sanctions” category to discover just how sorry disputants can end up being.

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