Corporate counsel routinely deal with lawsuits related to liability, negligence, and breach of contract. For example, if a product safety issue arises, a manufacturing company can face multiple lawsuits filed in multiple jurisdictions. Many of these lawsuits have similar injury patterns or rely on similar theories of liability. Executing multi-matter management strategies is crucial for product liability matters or any matter when the fact patterns have similar facts and data. A corporate legal department typically has the following goals:

  • Prepare a consistent response across all the matters
  • Drive the matters to resolution quickly
  • Control costs throughout the lifecycle of a matter

A cloud-based legal technology platform like Casepoint is able to assist in meeting the goals of a corporate legal department. Let’s walk through how leveraging a multi-management search workflow will be helpful.

By way of illustration, there might be 10 workspaces, each one representing an individual matter. Each workspace contains documents received from the plaintiff as well as internal documents collected from custodians within the corporation in response to discovery requests. As you can envision, there is a lot of redundancy in the custodians’ internal documents across the matter workspaces.

The legal team will always need to search for specific documents, and it is also likely they may want to know if a particular document resides in any of the existing workspaces. This is where cohesive multi-matter management strategies can improve the process. It is possible to quickly search several workspaces at once by performing a single search, as opposed to manually performing multiple searches in each of the workspaces.

You can simply enter the list of search terms; select the workspaces you want to search and submit the search request. But wait, let’s take this one step further —is it possible to search only the produced documents? Or what if you wanted to search the documents that were never promoted to review, which means they still reside in the ECA document collection? Using this multi-matter management search workflow, you can easily isolate your search to documents in the ECA data store, the Review data store, the Productions data store, or any other custom data store that might have been created within a workspace.

Once the search request is submitted, the bulk search will run in the background, and you’ll be notified when it has been completed. In the meantime, you can easily monitor the status of the search request if desired.

Once the search request has been completed, a search summary is available for review. It will show a high-level view of the search results across the workspaces, including total documents with or without family and total unique documents within each workspace. The search results are available for review within each workspace.

Corporate defendants litigating very similar product liability lawsuits across multiple jurisdictions necessitate modernized and time-saving techniques to meet their goals of consistent, quick resolutions while at the same time controlling costs. There is no better time to leverage multi-matter management strategies to streamline eDiscovery workflows and save time and costs in a cloud-based eDiscovery platform.

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