Tracking E-Discovery Cases

With the availability of new technologies, tracking e-discovery cases does not have to be a chore. Although many blogs and websites follow the trail of the latest e-discovery developments, only a few services can actually deliver the desired results.

For account holders, Westlaw provides a free service called WestClip® that can be used to track e-discovery cases. It's essentially an alert service configured by the user to perform searches in particular databases at preset time intervals (daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly. Note: For continuous, up-to-the-minute searches, the charge is $4.50 per query per day). The search results can be delivered to the user via email, printer, fax machine or upon login to Westlaw. The Westclip User Guide provides step-by-step setup instructions.

LexisNexis® Alerts (formerly called LexisNexis ECLIPSE) provides a similar service for tracking e-discovery cases by running predefined searches on a preset schedule (daily, weekly, monthly, or on business days Monday - Friday). Unlike Westclip, LexisNexis does charge a fee for its alert service (daily - $20, weekly - $29, monthly - $37, business day - $20). The LexisNexis Alerts Knowledge Base provides step-by-step setup instructions.

Another tool to track e-discovery cases is the Electronic Discovery Case Database managed by the the law firm of K&L Gates. Per the site, it's a database containing more than 700 electronic discovery cases collected from state and federal jurisdictions around the United States. This database is searchable by keyword, as well as by any combination of 19 different case attributes.

There you have it-- a few tools in your litigation arsenal to stay on top of the e-discovery world.

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