Still Crazy after All These Years, Technology-Assisted Review Series Part 1
Seven years after it first rose to prominence in eDiscovery, technology-assisted review remains an important, and at times controversial, tool in the eDiscovery practitioner’s toolkit
By Matthew Verga, JD, Xact Data Discovery
Technology-assisted review (“TAR”) first rose to prominence in the legal industry around 2011 under the name predictive coding. In that year, the first few discovery-oriented TAR solutions were in use, Recommind received a patent for its predictive coding process, and discussion of the technology’s potential to transform legal practice spread from industry press to mainstream media outlets.
Despite all of the enthusiasm at the beginning, however, TAR’s rate of adoption has remained slower than expected over the last seven years. As one litigation partner recently told Legaltech News: “It’s not ubiquitous yet. It’s being used only in a small minority of cases, but it is being used more, which is a good thing from my perspective.”