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Economic pressure is felt in virtually every corner of the litigation and claim business. Claim supervisors and department heads are required to search every nook and cranny to find ways to reduce costs. To find answers, one could ponder a phrase that is almost an oxymoron: You have to spend money to save money.

At a time when staffs are being reduced and defense firms are being asked to scale back on the cost of billable hours, it may at first seem strange to allocate additional funds for pretrial research. There are many reasons, however, to spend this money in order to bring the costs of litigation down.

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