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Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software


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Bill Herr, lawyer

People get bored, people get headaches. Computers dont, said Bill Herr, a lawyer who used to work for a chemical company.

Ramin Rahimian for The New York Times

When five television studios became entangled in a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against CBS, the cost was immense. As part of the obscure task of "discovery"—providing documents relevant to a lawsuit—the studios examined six million documents at a cost of more than $2.2 million, much of it to pay for a platoon of lawyers and paralegals who worked for months at high hourly rates.

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