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Laura Zubulake's Book
Laura Zubulake reached out to the NYS Bar to review her book, Zubulake's e-Discovery, The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice, and the book found its way (thankfully) to me. I'm sure that most of this blog's audience know full well who Laura Zubulake is. For the uninitiated, Ms. Zubulake was the plaintiff in a case that lead to several seminal e-discovery decisions covering, among other things, a party's obligation to produce electronic data and cost-shifting principles.
While many know of the applicable case law, they may not know the story behind the case law, which is exactly what Ms. Zubulake reveals in her book. The book is a smashing success in this effort: we learn of the underlying lawsuit and how Ms. Zubulake's unyielding determination to unearth all relevant evidence, including emails, led to her victory at trial (although the case was settled prior to the appeals). We also learn of Ms. Zubulake's hopes, fears and insights as this case unfolds.
For all those in the e-discovery circles, whether you are attorneys, vendors, technologists, etc., this is a fascinating read, as you can see what helped jump-start this huge industry. The book, however, is by no means a legal thriller, but a factual dissertation of the case from a steadfast plaintiff's perspective.
All in all, this is an excellent read that shows how a "garden variety" employment case can actually come to be one of the most talked about and cited cases related to discovery.
Craig Brown is President of B3 Legal, a national contract attorney and paralegal staffing firm. He is a former Litigation and Antitrust Associate with Kaye Scholer and Litigation Partner with McLaughlin & Stern.