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Is Your Organization Vulnerable to a Cyber Attack? 3 Steps to Put Your Mind at Ease

2016-12-03+0000| | In-house Counsel, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

120116-cybersecurity-fest.pngWhen PwC’s Doug Bloom and Anthony Moeller convened at Relativity Fest in October for their session e-Discovery in Cyber Investigations, they didn’t mince words. Cybercrime might be old news, but preventing it from happening hasn’t gotten any easier.

Ideally, any kind of breach is going to be prevented—but that perfect world doesn’t exist,” said Anthony. “Most companies have been hacked or will be hacked.”

Not exactly an uplifting message, but all hope is not lost. Throughout the session, Anthony and Doug focused on a few ways you can mitigate the risks of experiencing these attacks.

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5 Unique Challenges of Second Requests

2016-12-03+0000| | Review & Production, Analytics & Assisted Review, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

160513_FRONTEO_logo_H_RGB_Color.pngThis article was originally published on the FRONTEO Blog. It's an informative look at what sets second requests apart from other types of e-discovery projects. Check out the original version here.

Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, both parties involved in a transaction must file a “Notification and Report Form” with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division to obtain approval for before mergers, tender offers, or other acquisition transactions.

After review of the original notification documents, the FTC or the Antitrust Division may request more information in the form of a “Request for Additional Information and Documentary Materials,” more commonly referred to as a “Second Request.”

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Three Lessons on Digital Threats (and 4 Bonus Tips from a New IG Playbook)

2016-12-03+0000| | Information Governance, In-house Counsel, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

112916-ig-playbook.pngWhat are the common gateways to cyberattacks? What are the risks associated with the Internet of Things (IoT)? What steps can an organization take to address personal cloud applications and other digital age threats?

These were just a few of the key questions that a panel of legal technology experts considered during the Relativity Fest 2016 session entitled The New IG Playbook for Addressing Threats from Personal Clouds, Cyber Attacks, and the IoT. Joining me for the discussion were Judy Selby, managing director of technology advisory services for BDO Consulting; Darin Sands, who chairs the Privacy and Data Security and eDiscovery Practice Groups at Lane Powell PC; and Donald Billings, manager of litigation and practice support at Sidley Austin.

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Holiday Gatherings: How to Make Them All About e-Discovery (and You)

2016-12-03+0000| | Community

112816-holiday-dinner-xmas-02.pngLast year, you seemed a little reluctant to talk about your job with family during the holidays. It can be hard work to describe the work we do in e-discovery, after all.

That was then; this is now. It’s a time of an unprecedented number of precedents for mainstream interest in e-discovery. It’s a holiday season on the heels of one of the most globally sensitive and divisive US elections in history, when avoiding political topics at the table is more tempting than ever. This year, the intersection of law and technology is your dinner conversation destination.

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An Agile Law Firm? It Exists, and It’s Getting Results

2016-12-03+0000| | Education & Certification, Law Firm

111816-agile-law-firm.pngDuring our recent webinar “9 Habits of Resilient Information Leaders,” panelists revealed that one of the top habits is to “stay agile”—practicing the Agile methodology’s tenets of failing fast and iterating quickly.

Software companies have been using the Agile mindset for over a decade, and other disciplines have followed suit. But does the Agile movement—which emphasizes iterative work, faster timelines, and more adaptable project planning—have legs in the legal industry? At kCura, we’re big believers in Agile development—and it seems like a strong fit for e-discovery services, too, given the emphasis on flexible responses to rapid change and purposeful project management.

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e-Discovery Fishing Expeditions and the Mick Jagger Discovery Doctrine

2016-12-03+0000| | Legal Update, Law Firm

111716-mick-jagger-discovery-doctrine.pngDefinition of Discovery:

The pre-trial devices that can be used by one party to obtain facts and information about the case from another party in order to assist the party’s preparation for trial.

See also: Deposition; Fishing trip or expedition

—Black’s Law Dictionary (6th Ed.)

Although the editors of Black’s Law Dictionary have been more diplomatic in subsequent versions by deleting the reference to discovery being a fishing expedition, lawyers and their responding party clients have complained for years that many e-discovery requests amount to just that.

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Combating Global Corruption: Lessons from the ‘Jason Bournes’ of e-Discovery

2016-12-03+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, In-house Counsel, ECA & Investigation

111516-investigations-panel.pngWhen many hear words like “fraud,” “bribery,” and “corruption,” they imagine investigators traveling the globe, searching for clues to solve a corporate scandal, and ultimately putting the bad guy behind bars. But what is it actually like to investigate these crimes?

From the Panama Papers to the FIFA scandal, we’ve seen technology become imperative when investigating corruption across the globe. Here’s what attendees learned from a Relativity Fest panel, moderated by Control Risks principal David Deusner, and featuring Hogan Lovells litigation project manager Jeremy Burdge, as well as Control Risks partner Terry Chopiuk, director Mason Pan, and principal Daniel Rudder.

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Spotlight on LDiscovery: More Intuitive Multimedia Review [Video]

2016-12-03+0000| | Community

110416-inno-award-winner-spotlight-channel.pngEach year, the Innovation Awards celebrate organizations that build on the Relativity platform in creative ways, solving difficult or unique challenges within and outside of e-discovery via custom solutions and applications. During this year’s awards ceremony at Relativity Fest 2016, two winners—one from our partner community, and one enterprise—were recognized for their success.

LDiscovery won big this October, claiming the prize in both the Best Service Provider Solution and Community Choice categories. Historically, the review of multimedia files—including audio and video clips, which might come from voicemail records or meeting recordings and offer potentially critical evidence in a case—often required a separate workflow, slowing timelines and complicating technology requirements. Their application, LDiscovery A/V Suite for Relativity, simplifies the review of these multimedia files using a proprietary plugin for the Relativity document viewer. A/V Suite also gives users the ability to redact audio files, making a previously impossible task not only possible, but simple.

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A Clear View or a Short Distance? AI and the Legal Industry

2016-12-03+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Law Firm, Litigation Support

111016-only-humans-need-apply-02.pngIf you're like me, work from futurists like Richard Susskind fills you with a curious mixture of excitement and anxiety. The excitement comes from the advances in artificial intelligence (AI) that are playing out in the legal world where analytics (including technology-assisted review) have quickly taken center stage. Conversely, it’s impossible not to see these advancements as an encroachment on the everyday work that the e-discovery community has been doing over the last decade, on the way toward building an $11 billion industry.

Headlines like “How Soon Will You Lose Your Job To An AI Robot?” only make matters worse by constantly pitting man against machine in a Terminator-esque zero-sum game.

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Election Day and the ‘Impossible’ Feats of e-Discovery

2016-12-03+0000| | Legal Update, Community

110816-electoral-spoliation.pngWrestleMania 2016—you may know it as the 2016 United States presidential race—is coming to a close, and there have been dire predictions about the end of the nation, democracy, and society. These predictions are based, at least in part, on so-called “unprecedented” technology threats and legal threats.

As if this weren’t enough to bring the legal technology community to the ring, questions over the dissemination of government email have made e-discovery itself part of the presidential race. These questions have culminated in disbelief and doubt over what’s really possible in email and document review.

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