D. Casey Flaherty, corporate counsel at Kia Motors America Inc., wrote an opinion article for Law Technology News that raises very good questions and issues about eDiscovery costs. As legal professionals know all too well, eDiscovery can be expensive. And given his role as corporate counsel, his views are well worth the read, as others in his postion surely share his perspective.
“But e-discovery’s costs are often hidden in lengthy, contingent price schedules: $400/hour for forensic collection, $50/GB for data extraction, $350/GB for migration to the review platform, $0.06/doc for technology assisted review, $.03/page for .tiff conversion, so forth and so on. The last schedule I reviewed had 54 separately-priced categories.”