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8 Problems of Keyword Search in E-Discovery - A Guide for Fortune 1000 Companies

The heavy reliance on keyword search in e-discovery places an enormous burden on today’s legal teams. Inconsistencies in language, inefficiencies in search techniques and software user interfaces, which conceal more than reveal, place the attorney in a difficult position: determining what is relevant in a compressed timeline using obsolete tools and tactics. These outdated tools are a key factor behind the spiraling costs and risks associated with e-discovery.

With data collections growing at an epic pace, legal teams must sift quickly through documents and e-mail at rates that would have seemed unrealistic just 5 years ago. Megabytes of data grew quickly to gigabytes which have grown into terabytes – the typical matter now contains millions of documents and e-mail messages driving the average cost of a matter to more than 2 million dollars. The ability to reduce and review these documents within agreed upon timeframes have placed incredible pressure on legal teams. While advances in search technologies have benefited many, the legal review space finds itself using outmoded tools and methods to analyze, review, and tag documents within a collection. Simply put, keyword search strategies break when thrown against the mountains of data which define today’s legal matters.

FTI Technology
18 Dec 2009
18 Dec 2009
11 Page(s)
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