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“‘Electronic Discovery’ Industry Blooming”

So says an article published by AP:

"Even just a few years ago, lawyers in corporate lawsuits sometimes agreed not to poke around in their opponents’ e-mails. Instead they’d confine themselves to paper memos and other documents on file as they pursued evidence.

"Now, however, with so much work done via e-mail, instant messaging and other online platforms, ‘nothing’s in the file cabinets anymore,’ said Michele Lange, staff attorney for legal technologies at Kroll Ontrack Inc. "

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"The overall market is worth close to $2 billion and growing at about 35 percent a year, says Michael Clark, who analyzes the field at EDDix LLC. The number of companies offering computer-related evidence gathering appears to have doubled in the past two or three years, with several hundred now hanging a shingle."

But litigation paralegals [PDF link] already know this, right?