Extract from Craig Ball’s article “Have We Lost the War on E-Discovery?”
Is there a war on e-discovery? Sounds like a paranoid notion, but the evidence is everywhere. The purpose of discovery is to exchange information bearing on matters in litigation, particularly material tending to prove or disprove the parties’ claims and defenses. The soul of discovery is disclosure of relevant records and communication, limited by privilege and proportionality. So, you’d think the focus of e-discovery would be on where information resides and the forms it takes, on how to preserve it, collect it and produce it. That was what we talked about a decade ago, but, no more.