Strong Info Governance Policies Can Drive Down E-Discovery Expenditure

In Law Technology News, author Chris DiMarco writes about the link between an organization’s management of the information it creates and retains, and the costs associated with e-discovery, noting that while typical e-discovery cost containment efforts focus on the process, effective data governance can reduce the data involved and simplify the process in advance. The author writes that absent effective data governance, “an organization can find itself with ballooning costs as it sifts through volumes of uncategorized information.” Mr. DiMarco notes the perspective of Linda Luperchio, director of information lifecycle governance and e-discovery at The Hanover Insurance Group, who views data governance expertise as perhaps more critical than e-discovery expertise. The article quotes Ms. Luperchio opinion that, “if you don’t approach data governance in the right way, the volume of work regarding e-discovery is going to go off the charts.” The article reports on Ms. Luperchio’s belief that even absent litigation, it is imperative to take the time necessary to truly understand what a “true business record” is and have a solid strategy regarding the preservation of the records when necessary and disposal when appropriate. The article notes that according to Luperchio, implementation of the strategy “supported by process automation and technology, ensures that the information will be easy to recall if it’s subject to discovery, as well as when needed for business purposes.” According to the article, at Hanover, the strong relationship between IT, vendors and outside counsel has allowed the “data governance plans to take root and evolve.”

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