Electronic Discovery (E-Discovery) is used by the parties to a law suit, an administrative hearing or an arbitration. In federal and state courts there are rules that specifically require the parties to disclose electronic information that is relevant to the law suit. This electronic information (data) may be stored on a computer hard drive, a flash drive, an e-mail, a cloud, etc.

This video covers the most important areas of concern surrounding E-Discovery.  It uses the E-Discovery Resource Model from www.edrm.net to walk through each step in the process.  The narrator describes the information necessary in order to ensure that your E-Discovery goes smoothly.  He emphasizes the importance of the first phase of the process: identification. 

Identification of relevant data can be one of the most costly phases in E-discovery to an organization if not executed well.  During the identification step, it is very important to have data management policies in place so that you find the data that you need with ease.  If this is not done, the data can be spread all over servers, lap tops and USB drives.  Searching for data will eat up productive time for your employees and cost a lot of money.

Learning Links


E-Discovery Definitions

An alphabetized listing of terms used in e-Discovery that are necessary to understand the process.

Michigan E-Discovery Guidelines

This article from the Michigan Bar Journal by Dante Stella discusses Michigan's E-Discovery guidelines and specific rulings within the state. Stella covers changes in Michigan's court rulings surrounding E-Discovery. He highlights many things that can help lead to success during E-Discovery.

Data Retention Policies

A compilation of policies regarding data retention for a variety of companies that crosses industries. You can search for policies based on keywords.

E-Discovery  and Divorce Cases

A video summarizing e-Discovery definitions and what to do with ESI in a divorce.

Third Party e-Discovery

A video discussing third party e-Discovery and the Amazon Echo case

Page last modified March 7, 2018