Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Even More Useless Litigation Paper

It now seems like a weekly occurrence that I get drawn into some strange vortex where someone else thinks it is more convenient to send me reams of papers when a simple email or electronic transfer would do. As we get “back to school” after Labor Day and the fall litigation season seems to ramp up, I’ve been brought in on another corporate dissolution. So far, so good. Client seems reasonable. Opposing counsel seems reasonable. Maybe we’ll have this wrapped up by Christmas?

But just when I thought this would be an enjoyable matter to work on, three boxes of documents arrived by Federal Express this morning. While I bear no animosity towards Federal Express and their ability to make money, this was a total waste of time and money. First, for the delivery man who had to carry these three boxes on the stairs to my office (I told him who to sue if he gets an injury from all these boxes). Second, for the other attorney who probably had to pay a small fortune to have three boxes of documents shipped to my office over Labor Day weekend (or, on second thought, maybe there was some kind of discount or Labor Day sale?). Third, for me who has to now convert three boxes of documents into electronic format so that they can be used by my office and the client.

The most egregious thing of all? The majority of the documents are bank documents and statements that were generated in electronic format! That means that someone sat at a computer and hit the print button repeatedly, wasting reams of paper and all kinds of time for that person to collate and put the documents into boxes. And now all that paper is simply being scanned back into electronic format to be used in the case (as an electronic filing case, to file any document with the Court, the electronic version will be necessary).

In a few years (hopefully less), this will all be an outdated mode of discovery and exchange of documents in the legal industry. Although the technology is readily available for anyone to use at an inexpensive price, for some reason, people still cling to the old inefficient methods.

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