The trend of increased litigation expenditure has resumed. Last year marked the first drop in the percentage of companies spending $1000000 or more on litigation since 2007. This year, the increase resumed with just over half of the total sample spending at least $1 million annually on litigation.
In the chart below, company size (gross annual revenue) is along the bottom and the color of the bars represents amount spent. Height of the bar indicates the percentages of respondents.
What are the top litigation areas targeted for increased spending?
Electronic discovery topped the list of litigation areas targeted for increased spending.
Have you encountered data/privacy protection issues?
Twenty-five percent of respondents have encountered privacy/data protection issues in the past 12 months, down from 43% in last year’s survey.
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Does your company block internal network users from accessing any of the following social media sites?
Does you company allow employees to use mobile hand-held devices (including Blackberrys, Smartphones, PDAs and Tablets) to conduct company business?
Ninety-one percent of US companies said Yes.
Has your company had to preserve and/or collect data from an employee mobile device for a litigation or investigation?
Thirty-two percent of all respondents said Yes.
Nearly 405 organizations participated in the survey. Of those, 275 were headquartered in the US and 129 were headquartered in the UK. About half of reporting organizations have gross revenues of $1B or more. Geographically, US respondents were spread across the country, although there is a heavy concentration in Texas. Respondents represented a wide cross section of industries.
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