There is an ongoing debate in the industry around how to treat document families. But, what is a document family? Well, there are several kinds of families whether this is an e-mail and its attachments or a zip file with the contained content.
But the usual debate is around e-mail families. The e-mail is the parent and each attachment is a child, hence the term family!
Why is there a debate about this? An email is just an email right? Well, anyone trying to control costs and reduce risk within an eDiscovery exercise very much cares about this topic.
Consider an e-mail with 10 attachments. I have some targeted keyword searches and I identify a hit in only one of the attachments to the email. Does my reviewer need to review the email and 10 attachments or just the one attachment that has the hit? The approach taken will have a large impact on the overall review costs and the approach taken will very much depend on...