Early Data Assessment - Early on in the litigation, lawyers need to understand the potential volume of potentially relevant electronic discovery and the realistic costs to process and review the data. This early data assessment helps prepare the client for the bill, negotiate cost sharing or cost burden arguments in the Meet and Confer, and to create a better discovery production strategy.
First, Files are flattened into component parts. PST and NSF are flattened into individual emails. Zip style files are flattened into individual files. Microsoft files are reviewed for embedded files, and these embeds are flattened into individual files.
For each file discovered within another file an MD5 hash is calculated. Parent / child relationship is recorded using a very simple human readable decimal. File metadata is extracted and recorded.
Native file review leads to a significant reduction in the number of relevant documents. Once these documents are identified they can be tagged for production and further review.
Production sets can be produced as any combination of the following TIFF, JPEG, HTML, PDF, native or all of the above. Production sets may also be Bates numbered and endorsed according to custom specifications.
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