In the first decade of this century, e-discovery reached a tipping point, overwhelming the capacity of outside counsel and crushing the budgets of corporate legal departments. Accordingly, the multi-billion dollar e-discovery market was born to bring chaos into order.
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Today, the same phenomenon is taking place in the traditional litigation process, as lawyers try to wind their way through depositions, summary judgment, hearings, and trial with a data dump of thousands – often, tens of thousands – of “highly relevant” documents. It is no longer sufficient to limit technology use to e-discovery tools designed solely for triage.