Tips To Cut
Methods corporations should consider
for reducing ediscovery costs without
A recent study looked at how the
shift from paper documents to
electronically stored information (ESI)
has led to sharper increases in
With decades of ediscovery experience, Kroll Ontrack offers 7 tips
for reducing these litigation costs at each stage of a discovery
production – from preservation and collection to processing and
The study found that for every dollar
spent on ESI production, document
review consumes about $0.73, while
collection and processing consume
about $0.08 and $0.19 respectively.
Preservation and CollectionPreservation and Collection
Processing and FilteringProcessing and Filtering
Approximately 8% of ESI production costs
Approximately 19% of ESI production costs
Information management and data
retention are the ﬁrst steps to
cost-effective preservation and collection.
Keep processing costs in check by monitoring data
volumes and regularly calibrating your budget.
Don’t review every document with traditional,
linear “eyes-on” methods. Innovative
technology can allow you to defensibly reduce
Let predictive coding technology (aka:
technology assisted review) prioritize and
categorize documents for attorney review teams
to verify with sampling and quality control
Find a balance between using
in-house technology and
resources versus external
vendors and consultants. In
most cases, both in-house
capabilities and external
expertise will be needed.
Don’t do it alone. Involve corporate IT
resources early in the document collection
and throughout ediscovery.
Filter document sets by search terms, custodians,
date ranges, and elimination of duplicates to
contain processing costs before review.
Decide what groups of documents are not
relevant and remove them with Early Data
Assessment (EDA) or analytics technology.
Approximately 73% of ESI
The more documents handed over
to attorneys for review, the more
expensive the discovery process.
* RAND Institute for Civil Justice, Where the Money Goes: Understanding Litigant
Expenditures for Producing Electronic Discovery, 2012.
Identify key players in the case and promptly
preserve their data. Data could reside on
computers, mobile devices, external drives,
CDs and DVDs, and backup tapes.