E-Discovery: The end can justify the means

Confidential data can play a pivotal role in civil disputes.

The enormous cost of electronic discovery can sometimes be justified by the information it yields. Today’s business is conducted electronically. In 2010, 2.9 billion e-mail accounts, 2.4 billion instant messaging accounts and 2.2 billion social networking accounts churned out 107 trillion e-mails, 25 billion Tweets  and 30 billion pieces of Facebook content, and at least 25 percent of it was business-related. (Radicati, S., “E-Mail Statistics Report, 2010”, The Radicati Group, Inc.). In 2001:

1. Ninety-three percent of all business documents were created electronically


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Steven Hunter

Steven V. Hunter, Esq. is a partner in the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP where he specializes in business litigation.

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