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The ‘Secret’ Side of Technology-Assisted Review: Read the Report

Predictive coding and other forms of technology-assisted review (TAR) are touted for their ability to help litigators sift through huge volumes of electronically stored information and identify the documents they must produce to their opponents in e-discovery, at less cost and time than traditional review methods.

But there is another side to TAR’s usefulness in e-discovery, one that many lawyers are unaware of. In the same way that a legal team can use TAR to more efficiently find the important documents it must produce, the team can use TAR to more efficiently identify key documents in productions it receives from an opposing party.

Consider this scenario: In response to your discovery requests, opposing counsel has just sent you a set of nearly 1 million electronic documents. Sorting through all those documents would be onerous enough, but you face a bigger challenge. Depositions are just around the corner, and you need to zero in on the “hot” documents within this collection before the depositions begin.

This was precisely the situation a recent case presented. With the clock ticking, the legal team made the decision to use TAR. Their goal was to streamline the process of identifying hot or responsive documents, both for the immediate purpose of using them in depositions and for the longer-term purpose of preparing for trial.

Was TAR effective in reviewing the opposing party’s production and identifying key documents? Read our report of the case to learn what happened.

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