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The Sedona Conference® Announces Publication of The Sedona Conference® Database Principles Addressing the Preservation and Production of Databases and Database Information in Civil Litigation


SEDONA, Ariz., April 11, 2011. The Sedona Conference® announced today that its Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (Working Group 1) has released for public comment The Sedona Conference® Database Principles Addressing the Preservation and Production of Databases and Database Information in Civil Litigation.

In its latest Commentary, The Sedona Conference® recommends “best-practice” approaches to requesting and producing information stored in databases, and explores the diverse and complicated ways in which database information can be stored - and why those ways have made developing universal best practice approaches to electronic database discovery a daunting task. A copy of The Sedona Conference® Database Principles can be found at - it is the first item under “Recent Publications” on the home page.

Commentary Editor-in-Chief Conrad J. Jacoby, founder of electronic discovery consulting firm efficientEDD, said “The ever-growing number of discovery disputes over databases, combined with a lack of guidance and precedent, made it clear that The Sedona Conference® had an opportunity to offer attorneys and legal professionals an orientation that they could use as the basis for more effective discussion and treatment of this critical discoverable information. We hope that The Sedona Conference® Database Principles will assist both requesting and responding parties by helping them focus discovery requests, better articulate their needs and limitations, and ultimately avoid disputes over scope, format of production, and authentication issues.”

The Sedona Conference® Database Principles respond to the increasing number of disputes in civil litigation over the discovery of electronically stored information in searchable data repositories. The Commentary stresses the importance of setting reasonable expectations for the production of database information. It also emphasizes that communication between requesting and producing attorneys, and communication between database management professionals and the attorneys who ask them to search and export litigation-specific information, are critical when working with databases.

The Sedona Conference® is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) research and educational institute dedicated to the advanced study of law and policy in the areas of antitrust law, complex litigation, and intellectual property rights. Through a combination of Conferences, Working Groups, and the “magic” of dialogue, The Sedona Conference® seeks to move the law forward in a reasoned and just way.

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 Civil Litigation
 Electronic Discovery
 Complex Litigation

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