“Litigation Trends” Survey Finds Jump in Corporate Use of E-Discovery Vendors

A story from PCWorld.com entitled “E-Discovery Law a Boon for Lawyers” (via Michael Arkfeld’s Electronic Discovery and Evidence blog) reports the findings from the Fourth Annual Litigation Trends Survey sponsored by Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Fulbright’s press release does an excellent job of summarizing the survey.

On the topic of e-discovery, the survey reports that motions, hearing, or rulings, in the past year related to e-discovery remain a rare or nonexistent event for 70% of more of the survey sample (which included 253 U.S. corporate counsel and 50 U.K. corporate counsel).

In 2006, 37% of the respondents used outside e-discovery vendors. That number jumped to 51% in 2007.

More than half of the respondents said that more than 5% of their litigation spending the past 12 months had gone to preproduction privilege review.

And lastly, 89% of the survey respondents responded that they have a litigation hold policy in place, up from 80% in 2006, and 76% in 2005.

The survey covers a wide range of topics including International litigation, class actions, and IP matters.

Link to story and survey.