Download Articles Controlling E-Discovery New ModelBy John Tredennick

IN COLORADO, as across the nation, litigation costs are devouring ever-greater percentages of corporate revenue. An increasingly sizable portion of these costs is attributable to electronic discovery. As data volumes grow, so does the expense of finding and producing relevant documents.

One study found that average corporate litigation costs as a percent of revenues grew 78 percent from 2000 to 2008. Another found that, for Fortune 200 corporations, the average e-discovery cost for a mid-sized lawsuit is $3.5 million.

As corporate counsel look to control these costs, one increasingly popular method involves upending the traditional approach to e-discovery. Rather than leave their outside counsel to independently manage e-discovery on a case-by-case basis, they are consolidating the process through a unified data repository. By housing all their legal matters together, they gain greater control and efficiency across cases and counsel.

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