In past postings on this website, our staff has tried to bring the attention of our readers to the topic of e-Discovery, and the potential risks involved, and, — if not properly mitigated with effective and timely responses – the probable negative burden that a discovery process will have on any organization’s assets and/or resources.

Aside from all of the obvious damages stemming from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we believe that another less obvious challenge is facing BP – and that challenge is e-Discovery.

Even for those organizations not in the oil industry, we present the premise that there may be important lessons to learn in observing the ongoing developments of the discovery process in the pending litigation against BP over the next several months and the role that e-Discovery plays in those processes.

We also believe that surrounding this BP disaster recovery effort, there is an associated argument that clearly demonstrates the need for companies – especially global companies – to have a strong eDiscovery plan and/or policy in place as part of their total organizational resiliency and preparedness strategy.

We recommend reading a recent article written by Rob Ameerun where Digital Reef’s Steve Akers was interviewed about the e-Discovery challenges that face BP after the oil spill disaster in the Gulf region. Steve talks about the best strategy, information governance, and Early Case Assessment.

Pass this information along to your organization’s in-house counsel and risk management or business continuity team leaders.

Click here to read more about Steve Akers comments on this topic.

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