Legal professionals regularly advise clients to ensure that the storage, retention, and accessibility of their Electronically-Stored Information (“ESI”) is in full compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements in the event this information becomes relevant in civil, criminal, or regulatory disputes. However, what many practitioners may not realize is that the ESI that clients are required to produce for e- discovery includes both “unstructured” and “structured” data. Searching and producing only one of these types of ESI may well not fully satisfy a client’s full discovery obligations. Even worse, it might not present a full understanding of the factual issues in the matter and how to best prove them to the legal team.
Conrad Jacoby, Jim Vint & Michael Simon,
Databases Lie! Successfully Managing Structured Data, the Oft-Overlooked ESI,
Rich. J.L. & Tech
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