Ruhnka, John and Bagby, John
Communications of the ACM; July 2010, Vol. 53 Issue 7, pp. 142-144
The article discusses the management of electronically stored business information in the context of pre-trial legal discovery proceedings. Statistics on the typical amount of litigation faced by U.S. firms are presented, and the usefulness of outsourcing parts of the electronic discovery process is noted. Multi-disciplinary teams are often tasked with handling litigation holds, as such holds impose a legal obligation to preserve any information which could reasonably be considered relevant to an ongoing lawsuit. The issue of proprietary information is also discussed in this context.