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Cost-Shifting Decision Illustrates Power of Defensible eDiscovery Strategy

Legility 07 / 01 / 21

What you need to know about the most significant eDiscovery cost-shifting ruling since Zubulake: Lawson v. Spirit Aerosystems.

Significant Ruling Shifts $750K to Plaintiff


In the second half of 2020, Kansas Magistrate Judge Angel D. Mitchell issued a novel and significant ruling to shift more than $750,000 in electronic discovery costs to the plaintiff in Lawson v. Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. The U.S. District Court of Kansas’ potentially precedent-setting application of Rule 26(c)(1)(B) in the decision came after the defendant, Spirit AeroSystems, demonstrated that the plaintiff’s discovery requests constituted “undue burden and expense.”

This interpretation of the 2015 amendments to the FRCP makes the ruling one of the more significant pieces of recent eDiscovery case law.

Read on to learn exactly how Legility's senior consultants and data and technology teams worked with in-house and outside counsel to demonstrate the reasonableness of Spirit's efforts to the court to secure this significant win.

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1Key takeaways from the white paper

Detailed summary of this precedent-setting case

The teams, technology, and strategy involved in the matter

Defensible eDiscovery best practices and takeaways

Rare Cost-Shifting Decision Illustrates Power of Defensible eDiscovery Strategy covers the most significant ruling since Zubulake in depth: What was at stake, how Legility worked together with Spirit's in-house counsel & outside counsel, and the lasting implications the case will have on legal precedent.


Precedent setting

Spirit v Lawson is the most significant ruling since Zubulake

Defensible eDiscovery Key

Collaboration with Legility's senior consultants and data & technology teams were critical components of demonstrating the reasonableness of Spirit's efforts, and the unreasonableness of Lawson's discovery requests. 

3Power of rigorous data sampling

The combination of review of random samples as well as review of proposed search terms provided comprehensive insights into data. Iterative process improvements and choosing the right technology played crucial roles in the matter's successful outcome for Legility's client.

About the author


Legility, a leading provider of technology-enabled legal services, provides consulting, technology, managed solutions, and flexible legal talent to corporations and law firms. The company has more than 1,000 lawyers, engineers, consultants, technology and data specialists, and operational experts serving more than one-third of the Fortune 100 and one-quarter of the Am Law 200. Legility helps its clients improve operational efficiency. By combining people, processes, and technology, Legility offers innovative and bundled solutions that align with how the legal market is increasingly looking to engage.

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