Lawmakers, Attys Spar Over Electronic Discovery Costs

Law360, New York (December 13, 2011, 7:02 PM EST) -- A U.S. House of Representatives subpanel on Tuesday questioned a General Electric Co. lawyer and other attorneys on discovery costs and benefits amid potential rule changes to tackle concerns over the supposed burdens of preserving electronic evidence.

GE must under current rules “overpreserve” information, and in one $4 million case spent nearly $6 million on discovery, GE Associate General Counsel Thomas Hill told the House Judiciary Committee's subpanel on the Constitution.

“Over the past 10 years in particular, I have observed GE's embrace of modern technology...
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