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By: Trent Walton -- Over the past several years, we’ve seen the emergence of early data assessment (EDA) software tools. EDA tools help control costs by first culling non-responsive and duplicate files, then further refining the document set by searching text and metadata to locate relevant files. This “pre-discovery” process not only reduces the number of files that need to be processed; it also allows users to begin the review process sooner and reduces the number of files for attorneys to review, providing considerable cost savings.
We immediately saw the potential value of this type of software tool. The one we acquired was LAW PreDiscovery™ from LexisNexis®, and over the course of the next several years, it became a key part of our firm’s consulting offering to clients for e-discovery services. It has given our clients a powerful weapon for filtering out huge quantities of irrelevant files during electronic discovery and helped them to reduce their clients’ expenses substantially.
A few years later, we were introduced to LexisNexis® Early Data Analyzer, another EDA product that indexes, filters and searches data at the source―an approach that significantly reduces the volume of data before moving to processing and ultimately document review. The tool was specifically developed for the beginning phase of the e-discovery process, even prior to running the files through a product such as LAW PreDiscovery. It enables litigation teams to quickly get a snapshot, capture an entire document set, assess the contents, and then eliminate irrelevant, duplicate and non-responsive documents prior to the more costly and time-consuming review and processing phases of e-discovery.
There are three key benefits we have realized from using EDA tools as a way to control our clients’ e-discovery costs:
Reduce Data Volume via FilteringThere’s a huge gap in the electronic discovery industry because the large amount of spending required by clients to process their electronic data just doesn’t make sense for a lot of cases. LexisNexis Early Data Analyzer and LAW PreDiscovery software are valuable tools because they bridge this gap and help clients control their e-discovery costs by dramatically reducing the number of files that need to be processed. EDA tools allow us to reduce the number of files that clients need to electronically process by anywhere from 50 percent to 95 percent.
Reduce ExpensesOur consultants are able to use EDA tools to substantially decrease expenses for our clients―primarily by managing document production sets more efficiently and quickly. This has translated into substantial cost savings per case, which provides cost containment for law firms and as a net litigation expense reduction for corporate clients.
Integrated WorkflowThe handoff of data between LexisNexis Early Data Analyzer and LAW PreDiscovery software is seamless, enabling our e-discovery professionals to create a more efficient EDA workflow. We were already major proponents of LAW PreDiscovery and LexisNexis Early Data Analyzer as solutions to offer our clients, and their recent integration has really streamlined the e-discovery process for us even more.EDA tools are good, simple software products that help e-discovery professionals do our jobs better, enable law firms to reduce risk and expense, and save corporate clients a ton of money.
About the AuthorTrent Walton is chief technology officer at U.S. Legal Support, Inc., the only litigation support company in the U.S. that provides court reporting, record retrieval, legal placement and staffing, and litigation and electronic discovery services to major insurance companies, corporations and law firms nationwide. For more information, please go to www.uslegalsupport.com.