Big firm e-Discovery and a small firm price. No monthly fee. No per case fees. And no document loading fees.
Being able to handle e-discovery affordably and efficiently for smaller cases, even up to rarer 20gb-30gb dataset sizes, is more critical for the small or solo firm. With MasterFile’s point-and-click loading and quick processing you have the right tools at your fingertips for small case e-Discovery to “do it yourself” 95% of the time – slashing review and giving you immediate visibility to case facts for analysis.
In the e-Discovery world, it seems article after article talks about e-Discovery cases being complex, involving complicated processes and containing huge amounts (hundreds of megabytes or terabytes) of data, challenging questions of law, myriad custodians and bizarre deadlines. And these few seem to get almost all e-Discovery “air-time”.
Most e-Discovery cases are relatively simple, contain under 5gb of data, have less than 5 custodians and essentially involve two e-Discovery steps:
- Collect and load data from the custodians, and
- Review for responsiveness and privilege
Let’s look at several basic assumptions about small cases.
First, the evidence is normally live data in native format – handed to the lawyer on CDs or DVDs, or on a thumb or external hard drive.
Second, the file types are going to typically be those created by common programs used for email (Outlook, Lotus Notes, Thunderbird, etc.) , word processing (Word, WP) and other office functions (PDF, JPG, TIF, etc.).
And third, small cases demand applications that can easily be installed on one computer for processing and review.
These are just normal features of MasterFile and the file types it loads and handles on a routine basis: a few clicks loads electronic files in batch for review. Besides managing production as needed, you can then switch easily into the next phase of the litigation — case analysis — managing and substantiating facts and issues and setting out and substantiating your argument in MasterFile itself. Sometimes simplicity is simply enough.
Let’s now look at how you manage the five phases of any litigation from loading to production in MasterFile.