Entries by Jeff Johnson

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E-Discovery Issue Coding: Good Idea But…

The idea behind issue coding is a good one: When preparing for depositions or trial or summary judgement, attorneys would be able to pull up the documents that support or refute or maybe just provide good context for specific issues. It’s a way to select key bits of evidence from large amounts of data, much […]

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E-Discovery Process Improvement: The After-Action Audit

Process improvement involves an ongoing effort to identify what’s working well and identify what could be improved. In e-discovery, it’s sometimes painfully obvious when things didn’t work well, e.g., a production deadline is missed or sensitive data is produced. However, it’s not always obvious what could be improved – it’s hard to identify potential improvements […]

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Eating at the E-Discovery Diner: Buffet or à la Carte?

There is a difference of opinion about the best way for corporations to buy e-discovery services. One view could be characterized as the “single-throat-to-choke” approach which focuses on accountability – the corporation wants to have a single party take complete responsibility for everything from collection through production so there’s no question who’s at fault if […]

Litigation Burn Rates, Early Analytics & Pricing Models

Corporations are painfully aware that litigation can burn a lot of money. The good news is that the use of early analytics in litigation combined with new pricing models can significantly reduce discovery review costs, usually one of the largest litigation cost elements. Early use of analytics can greatly lower the volume of files sent […]

Five Low-Cost, Attorney-Friendly Ways to Cull Email in E-Discovery

E-discovery is expensive with email and its attachments typically being the most prevalent data types. Here are five low-cost, low-tech, lawyer-friendly tools that can be used to cull emails prior to going to a final review platform. Final review platforms, while powerful, are expensive and, compared to these five low-cost tools, are time-consuming to load […]

Why Are In-House Early Case Analytics Important?

In-house early case analytics are important to the corporation because they have the potential to significantly impact the total cost of litigation.  According to RAND, attorney review typically accounts for about 73 percent of all eDiscovery production costs.  The simple rule of thumb is this:  the less documents you send to outside counsel, the more […]

Seeing Litigation as a Project: How Early Analytics Enable You to Count the Cost

Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides the oft-cited goal of the civil justice system—to provide the “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.” The criteria of just, speedy, and inexpensive align well with the constraints of the project management triangle—scope, time, and cost.   Project management professionals know that changing […]

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What Are In-House Early Case Analytics?

In-house early analytics are discovery intelligence gathering and reporting mechanisms that help in-house counsel and outside counsel understand a corpus of potentially-relevant documents and e-mail. In-house early case analytics gives counsel the ability to make well-informed decisions about what documents and e-mail are clearly non-relevant so that these files can be removed prior to transfer […]

Using Analytics for Pre-Review Data Reduction

According to RAND, Review typically accounts for about 73 percent of all eDiscovery production costs. Technology has changed the way we work and live in virtually every other aspect of our lives.  So how can technology help reduce discovery production costs? Quantum’s initial array of technologies work alongside Office 365 and other mail archiving environments, bringing fast […]

Seven Elements of Bulletproof Internal Investigations

Quantum’s Jeff Johnson has published the article “Seven Elements of Bulletproof Internal Investigations” in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel magazine. This article explains the correlation between the oft-cited goal of Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure – to provide the “just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action” – with the triple constraints […]