Frank Ready, ALM Media: Collaboration Platforms May Require a More Collaborative Approach to E-Discovery

Extract from Frank Ready’s article “Collaboration Platforms May Require a More Collaborative Approach to E-Discovery”

At least one of the panels coming out of Thursday’s installment of ILTACON 2021 likely required very little in the way of introduction after more than a year of remote working. Nevertheless, the “Better Together? E-discovery with Teams and Other Collaboration Platforms” session wasted little time establishing just how prevalent chat tools have become inside organizations—and the challenges they pose to information governance programs.

It doesn’t help that legal professionals seem to be caught between two different extremes when it comes to how much collaboration data they expect to reasonably glean from a collection. Martin Tully, a partner at Redgrave, noted that the debate reminded him of the conversations that surrounded social media 10 years ago. 

“It was either ‘this is completely out of scope, don’t even ask for it.’ Or ‘I need all of it, every time, for everybody.’ Neither one of those answers are correct,” Tully said. 

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