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More than 90 percent of new corporate data is created electronically, and 40 percent of that data is never converted to paper. This deluge of corporate data raises serious issues about storage, accessibility and legal compliance. The problem is not just the volume of electronic data and where it is stored — it’s determining what information will be valuable for your client’s defense. Numerous examples exist of cases won or lost on the discovery of a single word or phrase that resided in an old e-mail system. EDD tools circumvent the practice of printing computer-generated documents and manually copying, scanning and summarizing them into a database. EDD helps you quickly and cost-effectively manage the discovery response process and locate those “smoking guns.” With many of today’s computers shipping with 50 GB hard drives, printing out documents stored on just one PC can fill 1,000 bankers boxes — we’re talking 2.5 million pages. This could take a litigation team months to process, with costs reaching nearly $1 million. By contrast, using EDD tools, the process would typically take less than a week and run about 16 to 20 cents per page (about one-fifth the cost). In addition to collecting and aggregating the data, today’s leading EDD service providers now can help legal teams:

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