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eDiscovery Providers : Decision 2016

Posted 12/3/15 5:09 PM by Matt Masterson

As we near the end of 2015, there is a good chance you have either planned or are planning on what 2016 will look like for your business. Part of those plans will include what vendors you will choose to work with in the New Year, and if you are a law firm or corporate legal department, what eDiscovery vendor(s) you choose to work with is one of the major components of the 2016 plan. Coincidentally, even if you are not a follower of politics, you are probably aware that 2016 is a presidential election year. Just by the sheer amount of media coverage already devoted to the race, it is nearly impossible to avoid a sound bite, news segment or a candidate appearing on a late night talk show attempting to convince voters that he or she is the one to lead the country forward. Throughout this process, certain caricatures of politicians, justly or unjustly, have been reinforced.   

eDiscovery 101: Back to Basics

Posted 11/18/15 3:00 PM by Nicole A. Schroeder

Effective December 1, 2015, changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Rule(s)”) will alter the ways in which litigants approach case preparation and discovery. The most significant changes are being made to Rules 16, 26, 34 and 37, with a focus on early case management, discovery proportionality and document preservation with the goal of expediting litigation and encouraging cooperation among the parties.

The Harbor is No Longer Safe

Posted 11/4/15 6:05 PM by Ed Fiducia

As a child in the 60’s, I remember reading Hildegarde Swift’s classic children’s story “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.” As the story begins, the Little Red Lighthouse is so proud! With his light and fog bell, he warns the ships that are passing by of the nearby rocks.

Risk Aversion in eDiscovery: No Longer Cost Containment’s Red-Headed Stepchild

Posted 10/21/15 2:41 PM by Andrew Bayer

When it comes to eDiscovery, the conversation today still revolves heavily, if not wholly, around containing costs and gaining predictability into what many perceive to be a painstakingly arduous and overly burdensome process. As the sheer volume of electronically stored information (ESI) continues to rise by the second with an estimated growth rate of 40% annually, maintaining that pace for the next decade or more, (see ECC’s: The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things), it should come as no surprise that the costs associated with searching, sorting, culling, reviewing, and producing this information are on the rise as well. Technologists, software manufacturers, service providers and a whole host of others have taken aim at this Big Data “problem,” focusing their efforts on offering defensible, technology-enabled approaches for corporations and their outside counsel to effectively and efficiently pour through this data in order to affirmatively defend their cases based on legal merit and not sheer cost. But with all of this talk and focus on cost alone, a major concern that is inherent to the discovery process seems to take a back seat: risk.

TAR: Alternative Workflows

Posted 10/8/15 2:21 PM by Matthew Flickinger

With the advent of Technology Assisted Review (TAR), we let computers find the “good stuff" through complex algorithms, statistical sampling, relevancy rankings, and other analytical factors. The contrast to the not-so-old-way is stark in many ways: time, money, tedium, and efficiency. And yet, as I posed in my last blog “Why is TAR Not Widely Used” it is still not used nearly as much as manual methods. So, why are people still intimidated?

Sometimes Automation Doesn’t Always Make it Easier

Posted 09/24/15 3:14 PM by John Gengo

I commute to and from New York City on a daily basis. On the ride home one evening, the automated voice on the subway that announces the stops came on and began telling passengers all the stops the train would make.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes: A Tip of the Hat to eDiscovery Software Project Managers

Posted 09/9/15 5:52 PM by Alex Myres

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an covery Project Manager!

eDiscovery Project Managers are heroes in today’s complex discovery world; swooping in to save attorneys from sanctions, corporations from cost burden, and everyday litigants from arduous IT discussions. While the skillset of the eDiscovery Project Manager has evolved to meet increasingly complex technical discovery requirements, their purpose has remained the same; consult counsel on the most efficient and effective means to locate, secure, search and produce documents as they relate to discovery.

Are We There Yet? A Managed Services Road Trip

Posted 08/26/15 5:12 PM by Al Sisemore

“Managed Services” has been part of the eDiscovery conversation for several years now. The concept is sound and in theory it seems to make a lot of sense for corporations and law firms as a way to reduce eDiscovery-related costs and build budget predictability. There are many flavors of managed service offerings and in some cases, service providers have the ability to create custom solutions based on specific needs.

FWIW : Don’t Neglect the Text

Posted 08/12/15 3:36 PM by Clint Williams

The message simply read “Merry Christmas”. The date was December 3rd, 1992 and the author of the message was 22-year-old Neil Papworth. The 15 character message was the very first of its kind, but today, is one of the most popular forms of mobile communication. The technology has evolved since 1992 and can single handedly be thanked for providing us with what is referred to as “text speak” - on a weekly basis, I find myself trying to decipher its code of LOL, SMH, OMG, and CYA’s (some of which have multiple meanings).

Data Protection is Changing - General Data Protection Regulation

Posted 08/5/15 6:14 PM by Nicola Avery-Gee

At present, each of the EU member states has its own Data Protection legislation. These laws protect the processing of personal data of individuals and the free movement of that data and were passed following the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. Since its adoption in 1995, the European Directive has been widely described as a gold standard for data protection. 

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