Companies large and small face many challenges when it comes to dealing with electronic discovery: new case law, evolving rules, legal defensibility, production deadlines, developing technology, skyrocketing amounts of stored data and plenty of other issues. However, predicting e-discovery costs and managing the budget are major issues that companies often overlook when it comes to early case assessment and general litigation preparedness.
An e-discovery undertaking can quickly become big and complex. It involves a multitude of timeframes, deadlines, agendas and people. Before practicably assessing the potential costs, one should have at least a basic knowledge of the process by which electronic documents and data are obtained and reviewed.