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How to Simplify 3 Common Types of e-Discovery

2016-08-25+0000| | Collection, Review & Production, Analytics & Assisted Review, ECA & Investigation, Litigation Support

blog_simplify-your-next-eDiscovery-project.pngData formats often vary between types of disputes and investigations, and they will always change e-discovery protocols. Certain industries—such as insurance or pharmaceuticals—are more frequently subject to their own unique flavors of litigation. There are also investigations—internal and governmental—to take into account.

In today’s corporate landscape, data diversity means no two cases are the same. However, some reasonable predictions can be made based on the type of action or company at play—especially when it comes to the use of analytics—to support faster case strategizing. Ahead of your next e-discovery project, consider these best practices to help you better support your client and case team’s unique circumstances.

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Throwback: 8 Tips from Women in e-Discovery

2016-08-25+0000| | Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_women-in-ediscoveryAs we gear up for Relativity Fest this October, we wanted to feature these tips for professionals in e-discovery, which were inspired by our Women in Legal Technology luncheon at last year's show. It's among our most-viewed posts on The Relativity Blog, and we're proud to give it the spotlight again. Don't forget to register for this year's show to attend the 2016 panel of inspiring women. All are welcome!

At Relativity Fest 2015, we held a “Women in Legal Technology” luncheon, where three panelists from Millnet, Shepherd Data Services, and Troutman Sanders shared the milestones that paved their careers in e-discovery. When we asked attendees if we should host the event again next year, a resounding “Yes!” filled the room.

Call us impatient, but we didn’t want to wait a whole year to hear more from the brilliant women who make up this industry. So, we reached out to a few friends for their advice on working and getting started in e-discovery.

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Legal Lessons from the Mobility Movement

2016-08-25+0000| | Legal Hold, Mobile, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

ilta-logo-mobility-lessons.pngIn honor of ILTACON 2016, which kicks off August 28, we’d like to share an article originally published in ILTA’s Peer to Peer magazine. The article, authored by kCura’s David Horrigan, received ILTA’s 2015-2016 Outstanding Vendor-Contributed Magazine Article award.

If you're attending ILTACON, check out a session based in part on the legal research in this article: Business and Legal Aspects of Mobile, Social, and Emerging Technologies. Moderated by David, the panel will feature Judge Andrew Peck, Ari Kaplan, and Ed McAndrew of Ballard Spahr LLP.

"There is a great demand everywhere in the world for individual mobility. People like the fact they are not on somebody else’s schedule. They can come and go as they please." — William Clay Ford Jr., 2009

Henry Ford’s great-grandson was explaining how his company’s cars could meet the demand for mobility, but what is important about minivans and Mustangs is even more important for corporate technology.

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Pokémon GO(es) Crazy: Ranging Legal and e-Discovery Implications

2016-08-25+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

Pokemon-Go-Grazy.pngUnless you've been on a deserted island (sans Wi-Fi) this summer, you've undoubtedly heard about the Pokémon GO craze. For folks intentionally or otherwise blissfully avoiding the game, here are the basics: Pokémon GO is a free, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic (in partnership with Nintendo).

Since hitting the market, Pokémon GO has been the subject of many an editorial—covering everything from sociological concerns over the game’s ethics to culinary recommendations for the gamer on the go. Here’s our take.

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Perspectives on ‘Pyrrho’ and TAR: 6 Months Later

2016-08-25+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Legal Update, Law Firm, Litigation Support

081216-Perspectives-on-Pyrroh.pngAugust 17 marks the half birthday of the Pyrrho decision that approved technology-assisted review (TAR) in the UK for the first time and made waves among e-discovery communities on both sides of the pond.

So what has everyone had to say? Let’s take a look at the industry’s thoughts on Pyrrho and the lasting impact it’s already having on e-discovery—and get some first-hand perspectives from the practitioners behind the case.

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Getting Started with Analytics: What e-Discovery Experts Say to Try First

2016-08-25+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Law Firm, Litigation Support

081116_Feature_Image.pngIt’s a simple enough word with just four little syllables. Yet, there’s something about analytics in e-discovery that tends to spook people who have never used it, despite the time and money it can save.

“When people hear the word ‘analytics,’ they get intimidated because it’s perceived as being such a technical step,” says Sharri Wilner, litigation technology manager at Reed Smith LLP. “But if you break it down into its components and understand how it’s actually designed to aid you as a tool, you’re going to embrace it.”

So let’s do it. Let’s break down analytics, starting with three little features that pay off big and just so happen to share one thing in common: they require absolutely zero user input, making them the perfect starting point for even the most novice of the analytics novices.

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4 Surprising Benefits of Continuing Education in Litigation Support

2016-08-25+0000| | Education & Certification, Litigation Support

Kroll-feature-image-8-2-16.pngWhile attorneys are required to stay up-to-date on emerging issues via continuing legal education (CLE) credits, there’s no such requirement dictated for the litigation support profession—unless, of course, you count industry demand.

That doesn’t mean formal, ongoing education isn’t important; in fact, our team has learned it makes us more successful in more ways than one.

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3 Critical Qualities of Resilient Information Leaders

2016-08-25+0000| | Information Governance, In-house Counsel

IGI-webinar-blog-8-5-16-07.png“Resilience” has become a buzzword, as all seemingly simple and intuitive psychological concepts do once they penetrate our public (and commercial) consciousness. The current buzz around resilience, whether applied to the environment, companies, or children, originated in the field of psychology with researchers trying to determine what makes one person seemingly bulletproof while another, who appears to have every emotional advantage, crumbles when faced with minor adversity. Resilience even has its own counter-buzz, signaling that it has conclusively reached memetic status. 

Studies of resilience focus on how we respond to both “environmental” threats—problems that are chronic and less intense but no less difficult—as well as “acute” threats that cause shorter bursts of intense adversity or trauma. 

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Judge Peck, TAR, and Cooperation in Hyles v. New York City

2016-08-25+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Legal Update, Law Firm, Litigation Support

judge-peck-feature-8-2-16-final.png"The case law has developed to the point that it is now black letter law that where the producing party wants to utilize TAR for document review, courts will permit it." – US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck, March 2, 2015

When Judge Peck wrote those words last year in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., 306 F.R.D. 125, 127 (S.D.N.Y. 2015), some thought it would be carte blanche for using technology-assisted review (TAR) in any case.

Well, not so fast.

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Facebook Follies: 10th Circuit Sees a Keyword Fail in Social Media e-Discovery

2016-08-25+0000| | Legal Update, Law Firm

Facebook-thumbsdown-feature-image-01.pngThis article, written by kCura’s David Horrigan, was published previously in Legaltech News.

In an age of advanced analytics and technology-assisted review in e-discovery, much has been made of the limits of keyword search.

We’ve always been skeptical of attempts to use the 1985 Blair and Maron study to argue that keyword searches are only 20 percent accurate. However, keyword searching does have its limits, and the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision last week in Xiong v. Knight Trans. shows those limits apply to e-discovery of social media as well.

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