Discovery Referees Value Added E-Discovery

REASONS TO USE E-DISCOVERY REFEREES THAT KNOW THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW

The importance of discovery referees such as special masters is increasing with the quantity of electronic data at issue in many cases. A discovery referee is a neutral person appointed by a court, arbitrator, other decision-making body, or the parties themselves, to make factual determinations in complicated cases. In e-discovery disputes, for example, discovery referees are increasingly being appointed and tasked with reviewing technical compliance with discovery requests, routing out attempts to avoid compliance, opining on intentional or reckless spoliation of evidence, and determining whether discovery orders are being followed. If done right, discovery referees can be a boon to the court and litigants – the right discovery referee saves the parties’ time, saves the parties’ money, and, perhaps most importantly, makes the correct technological and legal decisions necessary for resolution of the underlying dispute. (Contact us to request a copy)