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Complex Case Law eDiscovery: Is Predictive Coding a Panacea?

Complex Case Law eDiscovery: Is Predictive Coding a Panacea?

When it comes to complex cases, the costs imposed by the eDiscovery process often outweigh any benefit to the litigants. Consequently, computer-assisted predictive document coding is gaining popularity, as it promises to reduce the time and money spent on e-discovery by employing software to review large volumes of electronic documents and determine their relevance, thus drastically reducing the number of documents that still need to be reviewed by human eyes. However, such software depends on algorithms, so the coding process still requires attorney involvement at the outset to train the software to recognize relevant documents. Another issue is that the documents so identified, must be acceptable to both sides. Is predictive coding worth it, or will it just create additional complexity and false positives?


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Shannon Capone Kirk

Shannon Capone Kirk, eDiscovery Counsel, Ropes & Gray

Shannon Capone Kirk is E-Discovery Counsel at Ropes & Gray where she focuses exclusively on electronic discovery law. Shannon is a contributing author on two books on E-Discovery and has published numerous articles on the topic in publi... More   View all posts


Summary Companies are finding a new cost cutting solution to eDiscovery is a tool known as predictive coding, or more specifically, Technology Assisted Review. There are a variety of tools in the market, each with unique methods, but the software is designed to perform a search and return like documents that can be filtered while ... More  
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