By Julie Anne Halter, K&L Gates
This article appears in the October 2010 edition of DeNovo, the official publication of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
In 2007, the “digital universe” contained 280,000,000,000 gigabytes of data – roughly 45 gigabytes (or the paper equivalent of 2.25 million pages) for each person on the planet. Commentators predict that by 2011, the digital universe will be 10 times the size it was in 2006. And if you take a minute to consider the last time you wrote or received a hand-written letter, used a pay phone, or consulted a casebook to answer a burning legal question, there is no denying that the world has evolved … and with it, litigation.