How to Comply With E-Discovery Rules Before You're Hit With a Lawsuit

Your corporate e-mail is now choice evidence when—not if—your company is sued. Here are five steps to help you stay on the right side of the law.

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A small firm might spend its money more wisely implementing better document management processes instead of technology. Because small companies don't face many lawsuits, e-discovery experts say it's more important for them to ensure they save records in a consistent and reliable way.

The bottom line, according to e-discovery experts, is that waiting until the last minute to deploy technology—when the e-discovery order comes—can be more costly than planning ahead. "We are all trying to feel our way," Zazzera says. His final piece of advice: "Collect stuff for a long period of time efficiently so it doesn't cost you a fortune. Discovery is expensive."

Judi Hasson is a freelance technology writer.

Copyright © 2007 IDG Communications, Inc.

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