Understanding Wisconsin\'s E-discovery Rules

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Presentation given at the Milwaukee Bar Association on the legislative changes to the Wisconsin statutes adding rules on the discovery of electronic information. Presenters include Matthew Stippich of Digital Intelligence, Jay Grenig, Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, and Kelly Twigger of ESI Attorneys

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Understanding Wisconsin\'s E-discovery Rules

  1. 1. Overview: Wisconsin’s New eDiscovery Rules<br />Prof. Jay Grenig, Marquette University<br />Matt Stippich, Esq., Digital Intelligence, Inc.<br />Kelly Twigger, Esq., ESI Attorneys, LLC<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />History of the new rules<br />Considerations in making and responding to ESI requests<br />Scheduling and discovery conference issues<br />Preservation and production issues<br />Special masters<br />
  3. 3. 802.10(3)(jm) – Scheduling Order<br />The scheduling order may address. . . .(jm) the need for discovery of electronically stored information.<br />Early attention to eDiscovery issues<br />Reference to 805.06 (referees/special master)<br />
  4. 4. 804.01(4m) – Discovery Conference<br />Discovery conference<br />At any time after commencement of an action, on the court’s own motion or the motion of a party, the court may order the parties to confer by appropriate means, including in person, regarding any of the following, except with the discovery of electronically stored information, where the parties must confer unless excused by the court.<br />
  5. 5. 804.01(4m) – Discovery Conference<br />To be discussed:<br />Timing<br />Preservation<br />Form of production<br />Privilege/clawback<br />Cost/limitations<br />Appointment of Referee (805.06) or Expert (907.06)<br />
  6. 6. 804.08(3) – Business Records<br />Option to produce or allow access to business records in response to an interrogatory<br />Burden of deriving the answer from the information must be substantially the same for either party<br />See FRCP 33(d)<br />
  7. 7. 804.09(1) and (2)<br />Includes production of “electronically stored information”<br />Requesting party may specify “form” of production of ESI<br />If no form is requested, information must be produced in the form in which it is ordinarily maintained or in a “reasonably usable form”<br />Responding party may object to form of production<br />
  8. 8. Form of Production<br />Native<br />Paper<br />TIFF, PDF<br />Automated Litigation Support (Summation, Relativity, etc.)<br />Metadata issues<br />
  9. 9. 804.12(4m)<br />“Safe Harbor” – be careful<br />Applies to information lost as a result of “routine operation” of an information<br />Loss must be in good faith<br />Intervention may be necessary after duty to preserve arises<br />
  10. 10. 805.07(2)<br />Subpoena<br />Parallel to FRCP 45(a) and (d)<br />
  11. 11. 65% of costs <br />Translating GB to $$<br />
  12. 12. <ul><li>ESI measured in quantity of info, not pages
  13. 13. 8 bits = 1 byte
  14. 14. 1,024 bytes = 1 kilobyte (KB)
  15. 15. 1,024 KB = 1 megabyte (MB)
  16. 16. 1,024 MB = 1 gigabyte (GB) (75,000 pages)
  17. 17. 1,024 GB = 1 terabyte (TB) (250 billion pages)
  18. 18. 1,024 TB = 1 petabyte (PB)</li></ul>Paper vs. ESI<br />
  19. 19. Cost of Review =<br />Number of Review Hours<br />Hourly Rate<br />X<br />Average Review Rates:<br />Using Concordance/Summation – 40-60 docs/hour<br />Using online review platform with advanced features – 100-150 docs/hour<br />Using concept clustering tools – 300 docs/hour <br />70% faster review rates with concept clustering, near de-duplication and email thread grouping <br />*Based on median value of 15,791 for files per GB provided by EDRM benchmark at http://www.edrm.net<br />**Assumes review rate of 350 documents per hour <br />ESI Review Costs<br />
  20. 20. Examples: <br />Cost for 2GB Review (31,562 documents*)<br />Using Summation/Concordance <br />Using web-based review platform <br />Using concept analytics, near de-duplication and email thread grouping <br /> 631 hours **<br />X<br />$200<br />= $126,200<br />287 hours ^<br />X<br />$200<br />= $57,400<br />105 hours” X $200 = $21,000<br />*Based on median value of 15,791 for files per GB provided by EDRM benchmark at http://www.edrm.net<br />**Assumes review rate of 50 documents per hour <br />^Assumes review rate of 110 documents per hour<br />“Assumes review rate of 300 documents per hour<br />ESI Review Costs<br />
  21. 21. Examples:<br />Cost for 57.7GB Review (911,140 documents*)<br />Using Summation/Concordance <br />Using web-based review platform <br />Using concept analytics, near de-duplication and email thread grouping <br />22,778 hours **<br />X<br />$200<br />= $4,555,703<br />8283 hours ^<br />X<br />$200<br />=$1,656,618<br />3037” X $200 = $607,426<br />*Based on median value of 15,791 for files per GB provided by EDRM benchmark at http://www.edrm.net<br />**Assumes review rate of 50 documents per hour <br />^Assumes review rate of 110 documents per hour<br />“Assumes review rate of 300 documents per hour<br />ESI Review Costs<br />
  22. 22. Questions<br />

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