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e-Discovery For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-58409-5
360 pages
October 2009
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Discover the process of e-discovery and put good practices in place.

Electronic information involved in a lawsuit requires a completely different process for management and archiving than paper information. With the recent change to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure making all lawsuits subject to e-discovery as soon as they are filed, it is more important than ever to make sure that good e-discovery practices are in place.

e-Discovery For Dummies is an ideal beginner resource for anyone looking to understand the rules and implications of e-discovery policy and procedures. This helpful guide introduces you to all the most important information for incorporating legal, technical, and judicial issues when dealing with the e-discovery process. You'll learn the various risks and best practices for a company that is facing litigation and you'll see how to develop an e-discovery strategy if a company does not already have one in place.

  • E-discovery is the process by which electronically stored information sought, located, secured, preserved, searched, filtered, authenticated, and produced with the intent of using it as evidence
  • Addresses the rules and process of e-discovery and the implications of not having good e-discovery practices in place
  • Explains how to develop an e-discovery strategy if a company does not have one in place

e-Discovery For Dummies will help you discover the process and best practices of managing electronic information for lawsuits.

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Introduction.

Part I: Examining e-Discovery and ESI Essentials.

Chapter 1: Knowing Why e-Discovery Is a Burning Issue.

Chapter 2: Taking a Close Look at Electronically Stored Information (ESI).

Chapter 3: Building e-Discovery Best Practices into Your Company.

Part II: Guidelines for e-Discovery and Professional Competence.

Chapter 4: The Playbook: Federal Rules and Advisory Guidelines.

Chapter 5: Judging Professional Competence and Conduct.

Part III: Identif ying, Preser ving, and Collecting ESI.

Chapter 6: Identifying Potentially Relevant ESI.

Chapter 7: Complying with ESI Preservation and a Litigation Hold.

Chapter 8: Managing e-Discovery Conferences and Protocols.

Part IV: Processing, Protecting, and Producing ESI.

Chapter 9: Processing, Filtering, and Reviewing ESI.

Chapter 10: Protecting Privilege, Privacy, and Work Product.

Chapter 11: Producing and Releasing Responsive ESI.

Part V: Get ting Litigation Ready.

Chapter 12: Dealing with Evidentiary Issues and Challenges.

Chapter 13: Bringing In Special Forces: Computer Forensics.

Part VI: Strategizing for e-Discovery Success.

Chapter 14: Managing and Archiving Business Records.

Chapter 15: Viewing e-Discovery Law from the Bench.

Chapter 16: e-Discovery for Large-Scale and Complex Litigation.

Chapter 17: e-Discovery for Small Cases.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Most Important e-Discovery Rules.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Keep an Edge on Your e-Discovery Expertise.

Chapter 20: Ten e-Discovery Cases with Really Good Lessons.

Glossary.

Index.

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Linda Volonino is an e-discovery consultant and computer forensics expert who aids lawyers and judges in preparing for e-discovery. She is coauthor of Computer Forensics For Dummies. Ian Redpath is an attorney with 32 years of litigation experience in federal courts. He consults on e-discovery.

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