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Pharmaceutical litigation ensues for different reasons—a patient might have been injured by a drug or a piece of medical equipment, or a company might have violated monopoly laws by “bending” the patent laws. Regardless of the type of pharmaceutical litigation, the plaintiff and the defendant must produce discovery. Discovery requests come in different forms: requests for production, interrogatories, depositions, and requests for admissions.
Before discovery is produced to the opposing counsel, documents must be reviewed for content. Document review attorneys check documents for confidential and/or privileged information. Documents are electronic (email, scanned, etc.) or in hard copy form. Certain documents fall under confidentiality laws, including correspondence between an attorney and the attorney's client. Documents that fall under attorney-client privilege are not discoverable, and if produced, can lead to requests for other confidential documents.
Document review is time consuming, and a firm often retains temporary attorneys provided by legal staffing agencies to help review the copious documents requested by the opposing counsel.