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Sharing Search Terms

During discovery, parties often use search terms to separate the wheat from the chaff, i.e., the irrelevant or unresponsive data from the relevant or responsive information.  The sheer volume of electronic material makes the use of search terms a necessity, but, as with many conveniences, there is some risk involved.  The key may be in agreeing to share search terms that will improve the process without showing your hand.