Data Storage: 10 Steps Enterprises Can Use to Improve Litigation Readiness

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-05-08 Print this article Print
10 Steps Enterprises Can Use to Improve Litigation Readiness

10 Steps Enterprises Can Use to Improve Litigation Readiness

edited by Chris Preimesberger
Amazingly, research indicates that the average U.S. company, at any given time, faces more than 300 lawsuits. A company's annual costs to produce documents in the discovery phase are estimated to be $2.5 million to $4 million per year for every billion dollars in sales, according to a survey by information governance researcher Cohasset Associates. Litigation-hold restrictions put on an IT department during discovery potentially can cripple an enterprise's workflow. In addition, companies are struggling with the fast turnaround required by the 2006 e-discovery amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the sanctions that could take effect should they miss a court deadline. The situation has become so problematic that legal groups fear that lawsuits are too often being settled out of court-not on the merits of the case, but because companies don't have the time, process, technology or money for e-discovery help. Like Apple is fond of saying in its iPhone commercials: "There's an app for that!" Our primary source is Galina Datskovsky of CA, senior vice president and general manager of the Information Governance business unit at CA. Following are Datskovsky's suggestions of 10 best practices that organizations can follow to proactively prepare themselves for e-discovery and litigation.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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