LFD 10 – Sensible defaults

(This post is part of the Lawyer-Focused Design series, which explores 10 ways in which Disco is designed for lawyers.)

Sensible means that you can almost always use the default option in Disco and Disco will do the right thing; defaults means that when you do need to do something else, you can.

For example:

  1. When you tag an email, the tags flow down to the email’s attachment. This is sensible because when you produce an email, you generally mean to produce the whole thing. But, when you need to, you can remove the tags from some or all of the attachments or apply different tags to them altogether.
  2. When you produce documents, Disco produces one PDF per document with an industry-standard EDRM format load file and one copy of each document per custodian and per family. This produces documents by custodian (that is, in the manner in which they were kept) and produces emails complete with any attachments tagged for production (just as you would get if you printed the emails out). This is normally 8what you want. But when you need something else — a production that complies with the SEC’s archaic production rules, or a production with a custom sort order to comply with a 26(f) agreement — Disco can do that too.
  3. When you produce an Excel file that doesn’t image well, Disco produces the native — unless you’ve redacted the Excel file, in which case Disco is smart enough to produce the redacted images. And whenever you apply redactions, Disco knows to replace any OCR or extracted text with new OCR run on the images so that no information leaks to the other side. When you need control over exactly what gets produced as native, or with a native, you can drill down and make those decisions; but 95% of the time, you can trust that Disco makes them for you correctly.
  4. When you’re reviewing documents, you see deduplicated documents so that you don’t review the same document more than once. But, when it comes time to produce, you can select the level of deduplication, or produce only some instances of deduplicated documents (for example, the ones that belong to a particular custodian or that were found on a certain computer).

Disco takes care of the ediscovery details so that you can focus on winning cases, not tinkering with file formats, deduplication levels, or load files. But when you do need to worry about the details, all the power you need is one click away.

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