You Might Want to Scream

You Might Want to Scream When Discovering Digital Truth Back in the Day: eDiscovery Best Practices

You might want to Scream when discovering digital truth in eDiscovery in the past and Derek Duarte of UnitedLex reminds us of that with a little Halloween challenge!

His article (Even Back in the Day, Discovering Digital Truth in eDiscovery Might Make You Want to Scream!, available here) discusses how workflows for discovery of email are now well established and eDiscovery platforms have many useful features to facilitate email review – including thread identification, communications network diagrams to identify communications patterns and, of course, predictive coding.

But that wasn’t always the case. When the eDiscovery industry was just getting started, discovery of email electronically was unusual at first and there were many challenges. Derek discusses seven of those challenges in his post, here’s one of them:


Printing emails included the name of the person printing the email: As if transformed by Gremlins, printing to hard copy or converting to image originally required Outlook – as a result, the name at the top of the email would reflect the account user for that Outlook account used for processing, regardless of whether that person was involved in the communication.

Derek doesn’t just discuss why you might want to Scream when discovering digital truth, he provides a theme running through this post – Scary Movie titles in honor of Halloween! See how many you can find and see the other six email challenges that illustrate why you might want to Scream when conducting eDiscovery back then in his article here!

Pop quiz: What kind of author writes blog posts on Halloween? A ghost writer! Hah! 😀

So, what do you think? Do you still struggle with discovery of email? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.


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