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In a recent landmark e-discovery decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of Manhattan federal court, cited a study that concluded technology-assisted review is more accurate — and 50 times more economical — than “exhaustive manual review.”

In his decision to endorse the “predictive coding” process, Judge Peck recalls that judges and parties have been concerned about being the first to produce discovery by way of predictive coding, for fear that the document production process wouldn’t hold up to scrutiny. Plaintiffs have also worried that defendants would tamper with search parameters to hide potentially relevant documents.

“What the bar should take away from this opinion,” Peck concluded, “is that computer-assisted review is an available tool and should be seriously considered for use in large-data-volume cases where it may save the producing party (or both parties) significant amounts of legal fees in document review.

This breakthrough decision gives Counsel the opportunity to no longer have to worry about being the ‘first’ or ‘guinea pig’ for judicial acceptance of computer-assisted review.”

Click here to read about Alison Frankel’s ON THE CASE report on this event.

If applicable, please pass this information along to those affected parties and hopefully this cost reduction trend will continue to grow in use ….

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