Friday, August 5, 2011

Malpractice Suit Targets Quality of BigLaw’s Temporary Lawyers

A legal malpractice suit filed against McDermott Will & Emery raises questions about outside lawyers hired to help screen documents for clients.

An amended malpractice suit filed last week by J-M Manufacturing, also known as JM Eagle, claims McDermott’s outside contract lawyers “negligently performed their duties” while screening documents, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. The newspaper says the suit “is seen in the industry as an important case concerning the quality of work performed by a growing cadre of temp lawyers who are paid as little as $25 to $30 an hour to review documents.” To continue reading, click here.

My comment: Interesting. Mind-numbing work, and the computers should be better at such routine tasks. Once the first stage of eDiscovery with the open source FreeEed is complete, the next one is exactly that - help for automated review. Encouraging article.

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