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Pop Star e-Discovery: Taylor Swift Gets a Lesson in the New Rule 37(e)

2017-07-21+0000| | Legal Update, Law Firm

Pop Star e-Discovery: Taylor Swift Gets a Lesson in the New Rule 37(e)

If you ever think e-discovery law is the somewhat dry domain of software, servers, and many, many motions, yesterday’s Colorado federal court decision in Mueller v. Swift will remind you that e-discovery is so much more.

Yes, when you have the pop star Taylor Swift, an erstwhile Denver DJ, accusations of sexual misconduct, a clandestine audio recording, a mysterious malfunctioning external hard drive, and—of course—coffee spilled on an Apple laptop, it goes to show that e-discovery is everywhere.

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[Quiz] What Analytics Feature Are You?

2017-07-21+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Community

What Analytics Feature Are You?If you’re anything like the most successful e-discovery teams, you know analytics can give you a leg, or at least a few terabytes, up in the e-discovery industry.

But what can it do for your personal life?

With every tool in the analytics toolbox having different, robust capabilities—much like how every human person has different talents and skills—it’s not surprising that so many of us regularly ask ourselves, “If I were an analytics feature, which one would I be?”

Today’s your lucky day. We’ve analyzed the personality behind some of the key features in Relativity Analytics to help you learn a bit more about yourself and finally answer that age-old question: What analytics feature am I?

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5 Secrets to Introducing Lasting Change in Legal Tech

2017-07-21+0000| | IT & Infrastructure, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

5 Secrets to Introducing Lasting Change in Legal TechIf only implementing legal technology change were as simple as buying new equipment and plugging it in. But simply having the right solution isn’t enough.

Organizational change starts with individual change. So whether you’re pushing through a new legal operations process or transitioning to new technology, a smart project plan includes adoption of the “new way” in its definition of success and dedicates resources for change management—the people side of change.

Before you dismiss change management as too soft or “woo-woo,” consider: CEB reports that employees suffering from change-related stress perform five percent worse than average; this equates to a $32.5 million impact to the bottom line per $1 billion in revenue.

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Trump Jr. Revelations 'Email's Last Hurrah?' 5 Reasons It's Not So

2017-07-21+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

Trump Jr. Revelations 'Email's Last Hurrah?' 5 Reasons It's Not So“Email evidence has become a routine linchpin of white-collar criminal prosecution, because everything anyone has ever thought is likely to be contained in email. 

Not for long. Savor Don Jr.’s thread; this is email’s last hurrah.” 

New York Times writer Farhad Manjoo on the publication of Donald Trump Jr.’s email chain in which he expressed interest in learning more about alleged Russian dirt on Hilary Clinton

When one of my colleagues came across Farhad Manjoo’s “What We Lose When the World Moves On From Email,” the article from which the above is quoted, he started an email chain of his own to discuss it, and I don’t think starting email chains is about to end any time soon.

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Cyber Insurance 102: Everything Else You Wanted to Know

2017-07-21+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cyber Insurance 102: Everything Else You Wanted to KnowSince our first cyber insurance post, serious breaches like WannaCry are making it clear that cyber insurance policies are moving from niche to mainstream.  

Vulnerability has become an onion of concern as organizations seek to protect not only their own sensitive data, but also any client data or system connections for which they may be a trustee, such as during e-discovery and other strategic solutions work.  

“Modern enterprises are becoming painfully aware that 100 percent cybersecurity is an impossibility,” says Judy Selby, an insurance and strategic cyber risk consultant. Instead of focusing exclusively on building cyber defenses, smart companies are taking an enterprise approach to managing cyber risks.”  

And for many, cyber insurance is a step in that direction. 

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4 Ways to Grow Your Business at Relativity Fest

2017-07-21+0000| | Community, Law Firm

4 Ways to Grow Your Business at Relativity FestIn an industry where you need to stay up to date on the latest technology advancements and new courtroom decisions, there’s little time left to grow your career, business, and team.

That’s why this year at Relativity Fest we’ve created a professional development track, designed to help attendees find the sessions that will offer advice and insights about becoming a more effective leader, marketing your services, and advancing your career.

Here are four takeaways—as well as a few can’t-miss sessions—you’ll glean from the professional development track at Relativity Fest.

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Gone Viral: Social Media in e-Discovery

2017-07-21+0000| | Collection, In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Litigation Support

Gone: Viral: Social Media in e-DiscoveryRelativity Authorized Partner Xact Data Discovery (XDD) recently published an insightful eight-part blog series around the technical and legal challenges of social media in e-discovery. The following is a condensed version of that series with the takeaways we found most helpful.

As the last election cycle made abundantly clear, social media is currently an influential, indispensable part of American life. And, as it worms its way ever deeper into our relationships, our professional activities, and our culture as a whole, its impact on discovery is growing as well.

Unfortunately, the nature, diversity, and volume of social media data present a variety of challenges for practitioners, both technical and legal.

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Throwback: Tips for Mastering Large e-Discovery Projects with Any-sized Team

2017-07-21+0000| | In-house Counsel, Education & Certification, Law Firm

blog_small-but-mighty.pngOriginally published in 2016, this post highlights some helpful tips for handling large e-discovery projects. It continues to get attention today, so we're republishing it in case you'd like to take another look.

While the day-to-day differences between working at a plaintiffs’ firm and a defense firm can be quite drastic, one challenge both sides face is how to efficiently handle large e-discovery projects.

On the plaintiffs’ side—where case teams are often smaller than those at large defense firms—planning for your next e-discovery project is more complex than simply issuing a request for relevant documents and finding some extra bodies to thumb through the defendants’ productions. With today’s data volumes, discovery requests can result in thousands or even millions of pages of information—especially in large class action lawsuits like those our firm typically handles.

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Analytics for Contract Review: The Contract Cognition Approach

2017-07-21+0000| | In-house Counsel

Analytics for Contract Review: The Contract Cognition ApproachThis post was originally published by Corporate Counsel. We thought it provided a unique perspective and useful tips for approaching contract review.

From Data Burden to Tech Indispensability

Contracts are not just a critical part of business operations—they are a key component of business growth and development, and (realistically) the best step forward into the future of an organization. But while contracting processes that support headline-generating, multi-million dollar deals have benefited somewhat from advances in analytics and machine learning, there is a much larger set of deals, valued in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, that presents a process ripe for improvement.

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Now in Relativity Analytics: 3 Customer-Driven Enhancements

2017-07-21+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

Now in Relativity Analytics: 3 Customer-Driven EnhancementsIt’s undeniable that analytics tools, especially email threading, should be used on every e-discovery project. They make reviewing and QC’ing documents faster, easier, and more consistent, and we’ve seen time and again that the most successful e-discovery teams use analytics.

That’s why we invest so much into Relativity Analytics, and why we’re constantly looking to our customers for ideas to make it better. Even the smallest changes can have a huge impact, and who better to hold us accountable for sweating the small stuff than the people who rely on Relativity every day?

Here’s a roundup of some improvements we made in the past month—all of which started as feedback from the Relativity community.

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