This past week, Doug Austin of eDiscovery Today Blog posted an insightful blog post on search terms and their use in ediscovery disputes. He digs into the newest case law regarding search terms, citing McMaster v. Kohl’s Dep’t. Stores, Inc., No. 18-13875 (E.D. Mich. July 24, 2020), in which Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen laments that the Court is being asked once again to decide a dispute regarding search terms. He states, “I, for one, have no interest in going where angels fear to tread. Therefore, if the parties cannot agree on appropriately limited search terms, they will share the cost of retaining an expert to assist them.”

In the blog post, Mandi Ross, the Founder and CEO of Prism Litigation Technology, was interviewed regarding the unique search term optimization process that Prism data scientists use to dramatically improve the recall and precision of searches. This methodology is explained in depth in our white paper, Don’t Stop Believin’: The Staying Power of Search Term Optimization. Recently, this process was used in a three-day engagement that reduced the number of documents in the corpus by 92 percent, from 125,547 to 9,512. If you would like to see how this process could work for you, please contact us at or complete this form.