Report Finds Where the Money Goes in Discovery Projects

A recent report by the Rand Institute for Civil Justice addresses the following questions:

  • What are the costs associated with different phases of e-discovery production?
  • How are these costs distributed across internal and external sources of labor, resources, and services?
  • How can these costs be reduced without compromising the quality of the discovery process?
  • What do litigants perceive to be the key challenges of preserving electronic information?

Download a free copy of the report here.

One of the findings of the report seems to support our ongoing discussion on a previous post about document review workflows:

Review Costs Are Difficult to Reduce Significantly If Conducted in the Traditional Manner

Significant reduction in current labor costs is unlikely.

Increasing the speed of review has its limits.

Techniques for grouping documents would probably not foster sufficiently dramatic improvements in review speed for most large-scale reviews.

Human reviewers are highly inconsistent.

via Where the Money Goes: Understanding Litigant Expenditures for Producing Electronic Discovery | RAND.