The Case for Native, I Swear

In this post, Craig Ball continues to highlight the myriad benefits of native productions. This post right here is the exact reason why Craig’s posts are so useful and informative.  He offers up the full, anonymized text of an actual declaration he made to a federal court on behalf of a Defendant who objected to production in TIFF format with load files.

A common argument in support of image-based productions is that images better support per page bates stamping.  Craig makes the case for how native productions support bates numbers so succinctly one would ever wonder why they produced images.  And the benefits with regards to cost and burden reduction easily swing the pendulum in favor of native format.  A must read for those in the eDiscovery trenches. 

I think Craig sees the future.  And that future is one where image-based productions are as archaic as the bates numbering machine in the featured image of this post. 

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Written by Craig Ball

Craig Ball of New Orleans and Austin is a Texas trial lawyer, computer forensic examiner, law professor and noted authority on electronic evidence. He limits his practice to serving as a court-appointed special master and consultant in computer forensics and electronic discovery and has served as the Special Master or testifying expert in computer forensics and electronic discovery in some of the most challenging and celebrated cases in the U.S.

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