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How to Make Your eDiscovery Heart Grow Fonder in 2016

Posted 02/17/16 7:58 PM by Thom Siblo

While eDiscovery may be one of the least amorous topics to write or think about, a recent conversation between project managers at Inventus had us all in agreement about how needlessly complicated eDiscovery can be and that in order to deliver efficient and exemplary customer service we often use the principle known as “KISS” with regards to our workflows and eDiscovery strategies. KISS being the acronym for “Keep It Simple, Stupid” and not the entity known to “Rock and Roll All Nite.” With that in mind and with Valentine’s Day just behind us, we decided to cull a KISS acronym specifically for how to keep your eDiscovery matters on track in 2016.

Why Being Global Matters: Cross-border Litigation on the Rise for 2016 and Beyond

Posted 02/12/16 9:32 PM by Whitney Lawson

Cross-border litigation is increasing at a rapid rate as companies expand globally and data multiplies exponentially. The United States will continue to be the largest region for discovery related expenditure, but by 2019, Europe will comprise almost 23% of the market, and Asia will have just over 7%, according to a recent survey by the International Data Corporation (IDC). This significant increase in electronic discovery abroad is driven in part by the factors below.

Rule 26(b)(1): What’s the big deal?

Posted 02/4/16 9:01 PM by Clint Williams

With the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, affectionately known as FRCP, having gone into effect on December 1st, 2015, I thought that it might be a good time to take a look at the much-discussed change to Rule 26(b)(1). Many have argued that the changes to this rule regarding proportionality will have a significant impact on discovery costs by limiting the scope of discovery while others believe that it will have little or no discernable impact.

A New Year Resolution: Real-Time Insight into Your eDiscovery Spend

Posted 01/21/16 5:22 PM by Andrew Bayer

With the New Year well underway, it’s abundantly clear that 2016 is going to be different and that this is the year that people will actually accomplish their resolutions.  The gyms are already packed; organic foods are flying off the shelves of local grocery stores; nicotine patch manufacturers are witnessing a spike in revenue; this really must be the year that change will occur and not just occur but last!  Well, I hate to be the naysayer here but history indicates that in about another week, life will be right back to normal.  The crowds at the gyms will start to dwindle down to more tolerable levels; the organic foods section at your store will be well-stocked each time you visit and the nicotine patch industry will inevitably level itself out.  The fact is that people love talking about changes that they are going to implement in the new year but without fail, those changes rarely (if ever) end up sticking and this extends to both personal and professional endeavors. 

Technology: Both a Safeguard and a Timesaver When it Comes to Redacting

Posted 12/16/15 5:53 PM by Whitney Lawson

There is a significant nexus between data privacy and e-discovery that grows more pronounced as the volume of data being produced multiplies exponentially.  A recent law firm survey concluded that workload for attorneys has increased by 58% in the last six months and that much of this increase is driven by federal and regulatory investigations and growing data volumes in both size and scope.  Within these large data sets there is often times confidential information in the form of personal identifiable information (PII).  The definition of PII varies by jurisdiction, but is generally recognized as sensitive information that should be safeguarded from unnecessary disclosure and dissemination in the discovery process.

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?


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