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By Thomas C. Gricks III, Esq. and Robert Ambrogi

How Did TAR Take Root Among Lawyers So Quickly?

Technology Assisted Review (TAR) is now so widely used in e-discovery and so widely accepted by judges that one federal magistrate-judge recently declared it to be “black letter law.” But it was only three years earlier when that same judge, Andrew J. Peck, issued the first decision ever to approve the use of TAR. And it has been just five years since the terms “TAR” and “predictive coding” first began to filter into the legal profession’s vernacular.

So, how did TAR take root among lawyers? And how did it become so widespread so quickly?

Neither question has an easy answer. For TAR, there was no “Mr. Watson, come here!” moment of invention. Rather, TAR developed and took hold gradually at first, as understanding grew that it offered a viable solution for spiraling litigation costs driven by rapidly escalating quantities of data in litigation.

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