How To Manage E-Discovery In Class Actions

Law360, New York (October 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT) -- The scenario: A large manufacturing company is a defendant in a putative nationwide class action. The putative class will most likely number in the thousands, or tens of thousands, of consumers, resulting in potentially significant damages and expensive electronic discovery costs for the company. The few named plaintiffs, on the other hand, are likely to have a relatively small number of documents. The company is confident in the merits of the case, but is concerned that it will not have sufficient leverage to negotiate reasonable limits to discovery and is considering settlement in order to avoid the costs and burdens of...

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