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July 14, 2021

E-Discovery: Slack Data in Federal Litigation

By Travis A. Bustamante, Elaine Yap, West Lee

Lexis Nexis – Practical Guidance

In a recent practice note for Lexis Nexis Practical Guidance, partner Travis Bustamante, associate Elaine Yap, and Encompass discovery counsel and project manager West Lee discuss ways to approach Slack, a platform service used to facilitate communication and collaboration in a digital workplace, in discovery in federal litigation. 

The note outlines considerations and processes for responding to a discovery demand seeking the production of Slack data in federal litigation. It discusses the scope of production, possible objections to producing Slack data, and more. 

"Companies continue to innovate new ways to communicate and increase effectiveness when conducting business," write Bustamante, Yap, and Lee. "Avenues for communication will only continue to evolve."

The attorneys specifically outline steps organizations can take with respect to Slack data including:

  1. Determining the Scope of Production; and
  2. Retention, Collection, Export, Review, and Production

As the use of Slack by organizations continues to increase, we likewise expect more litigants to seek Slack discovery. 

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