Discovery is typically the most expensive part of litigation. In 2012 the RAND Corporation conducted a study of discovery costs, and in the 57 cases it sampled, covering a wide range of issues such as product liability, contract, intellectual property, and antitrust claims, discovery costs averaged $1.8 MILLION PER CASE (available here).
Disco can dramatically reduce those costs. The RAND Corporation found that 73% of discovery costs can be attributed to a manual, linear review by attorneys. Disco reduces attorney review time with mass tagging, a user friendly interface and search syntax that requires minimal training, fast search speed and document load time, email threading to keep related documents together, and keyboard controls that allow review to be done almost entirely without a mouse. On top of that, Disco can allow any given law firm to increase the quality of review by putting more senior lawyers on the matter. With better, more pleasant tools, senior lawyers may stop “opting out” of document reviews when they have sufficient clout to do so.
What about the cases that don’t have thousands of gigabytes of data and don’t require hundreds of hours of review time by multiple reviewers? The RAND Corporation said that “computer applications for conducting review are unlikely to be economically viable options when dealing with smaller document sets, in which any savings in attorney hours might be overwhelmed by vendor costs and machine-training requirements.” Disco also addresses that problem. We built our own technology and don’t have to pay licensing fees to lots of different companies. Because of that, our channel partners can offer pricing that allows Disco to make sense for all but the very smallest of cases.