At Nextpoint, we believe that democratizing eDiscovery is an important step in contributing to the fair administration of justice in our society. As of today, the challenges posed by eDiscovery are clearly an obstacle. We hear consistently from our customers about cases that have been settled with no regards to the merits of the case.
Here’s what the current President of the 7th Circuit Bar Association, well-known defense attorney Michael Monico, says about impact of eDiscovery.
“It was widely anticipated that the advance of electronic files would enhance the production and review of discovery materials, but it seems that the opposite has proven to be true. Instead, the search for electronic records has driven up the costs and burdens of civil discovery, and has inhibited even the most well-financed defense….”
It’s our mission at Nextpoint to change that.
In this three-part post, I will lay out in detail how we would approach Craig Ball’s EDna challenge. Part II will cover how we meet the goals he has laid out. Part III will show how we go beyond those goals to and how we are providing a truly new value proposition.
Using Nextpoint, Craig’s fictional client “EDna” can get all the functionality she will need to process, review and produce her native files — plus a whole lot more — for under $300.
As far as, assumptions, we are estimating 6 GBs prior to dedupe, and 3 GBs after, with a resulting 50,000 documents, “most” are emails. In the email populations we’ve processed we’re looking at about 1.2 pages on average per document. Other documents tend to average around 10 pages.
So Assuming 90% email… we can safely estimate:
54,000 email pages (45k * 1.2)
50,000 document pages (5k *10)
104,000 total pages
So the following scenario assumes 50,000 items will result in 3 GBs of post-processed, full-color images, indexes, and metadata, with no other licenses, hardware, software or vendors required.
Most importantly – besides just the dollars and cents – is the question of choice.
Exceptional technology serves to expand the options available to users, not limit their choices. Using Nextpoint means that EDna can select from a range of sensible options, enabling her to exercise her judgment as to the best decision for that particular matter as it evolves — and avoid being forced into the predictions business, with costly and painful ramifications for being wrong.
Let’s get to work and see exactly how this works! (Click here for Part II)