Electronic discovery, or eDiscovery, refers to discovery in which the
information sought is in electronic format. It is the process of identifying,
collecting, preserving, reviewing, and producing electronically stored
information (ESI) in the context of a legal or regulatory matter. ESI can
include emails, documents, spreadsheets, databases, social media
posts, and other types of electronic information. The purpose of
eDiscovery is to gather relevant and admissible information as evidence
in a legal proceeding, and to ensure that such information is handled
according to legal and ethical requirements. The process of eDiscovery
can often be complicated and expensive, requiring the knowledge and
skills of specialized professionals like those at Pinnacle.
Pinnacle provides cost-effective electronic discovery services tailored to meet the needs of not only large law firms but also individual lawyers. We specialize in handling complex eDiscovery tasks without breaking the bank. As a result, we are an excellent option for those on a budget. Our most common assignments are email conversions, where we expertly convert Outlook and .msg to Tiffs or PDFs. We also can provide the necessary load file required for all litigation support software databases.
Data processing in eDiscovery refers to the automated and manual
methods used to prepare electronically stored information (ESI) for
review and analysis in legal matters. This includes tasks such as data
collection, deduplication, filtering, file format conversion, metadata
extraction, and text extraction. The goal of data processing is to reduce
the amount of data to be reviewed, eliminate irrelevant or duplicate
data, and convert the data into a format that is compatible with
eDiscovery software or a usable standard file format (PDFs) for those
who don't have eDiscovery software for review and analysis by legal
It's common to receive disorganized electronic files from clients or adversaries, scattered in numerous folders and different formats. This is known as a "data dump" in the industry. At Pinnacle, we can streamline the process by converting multiple native formats into a single, universal file format and organizing the production to facilitate OCR, Bates stamping, and creating an acceptable document production.
In eDiscovery, metadata refers to the information about an electronic
document or file that is not visible to the user, such as the creation date,
author, and file type. Text extraction, on the other hand, refers to the
process of extracting the text content from electronic documents or
files, which can then be searched and analyzed.
Metadata and text extractions are important aspects of e-discovery because they can provide valuable information about the content and context of electronic documents and help identify relevant documents and data. For example, metadata can reveal when a document was created or modified, which can be important for determining its relevance to a legal case. In addition, text extraction can enable keyword searching and other forms of analysis, which can help to identify relevant documents and patterns of behavior.
As electronic discovery becomes the primary source of legal discovery,
the legal discovery landscape continues to evolve. However, at
Pinnacle, we understand that most lawyers are not equipped with
eDiscovery software or hosting capabilities and are unsure how to
handle eDiscovery from their clients. To address this issue, we have
developed a simple solution.
Our solution involves converting all emails to searchable PDFs, which anyone with a free Adobe Acrobat Reader can review. This approach satisfies document production requests from requestors and adversaries while dramatically reducing fees and costs.
The production process is straightforward. First, emails are converted to searchable PDFs in chronological order, with the email followed by any attachments. If desired, we can also provide a paper format of the production with Bates stamping.
Contact Pinnacle today to learn how to save thousands of dollars on eDiscovery production for smaller cases.
The first-ever court case to mention eDiscovery was in 1986. In the case of "McDonnell Douglas v. Green," a US district court ruled that the plaintiff was entitled to electronic data during discovery, including information stored on computer tapes. This landmark ruling laid the groundwork for eDiscovery in current legal proceedings.
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