Total reliance on an employee to search and select won't cut it in Judge Scheindlin's court.
The decision puts a nail in the coffin of custodial-delegated holds and persuades me that, at least in the SDNY, no nabob should delegate preservation and search to minions, and certainly no lawyer should leave search to clients alone. The opinion prompts further resignation to keep everything--especially all e-mail--and cease rotating tapes [s]hould someone so much as whisper the word "lawsuit."Mr. Ball is an e-Discovery thought leader and has practically written the book on the subject. In this case, I could not agree with him more and this relates directly to my last post. ESI must be managed centrally; relying on custodial-delegates is just not defensible AND is inefficient. There is no reason to keep high-cost, high-liability processes alive when there are known processes to replace them.