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e-Discovery Processing: 7 Tips for Reducing Stress (and Spend)

2017-06-25+0000| | Processing, Law Firm, Litigation Support

H5-logo.pngThis post was originally published by H5, a Blue-level Relativity Best in Service Partner. We thought it provided great tips and best practices for processing. It's the first in a seriescheck out the H5 blog for more e-discovery workflow tips.

The collection is done and you finally have the data. Now what? What’s the best way to tackle processing without breaking a sweat, the bank, or your timeline?

Alongside early case assessment (ECA), this phase of e-discovery presents an opportunity to undertake a defensible reduction of data and pass along only the material that will ultimately be necessary to review. Here are a few tips that may help.

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Apple's Patent Fight with the University of Wisconsin Has an e-Discovery Angle, Too

2017-06-25+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

Apple's Patent Fight with the University of Wisconsin Has an e-Discovery Angle, TooWhen Gurindar Sohi was a student in Rajasthan, India, he probably didn’t think he would play a role in the evolving jurisprudence on e-discovery costs.

He has.

A year and a half after Sohi’s eventual employer won a $234 million verdict over Apple Computer in a dispute over one of his patents, Sohi’s patent has now resulted in another federal district court analyzing just what e-discovery costs are recoverable when you win your case.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Service Options in e-Discovery Translation

2017-06-25+0000| | Law Firm, Litigation Support

A Beginner's Guide to Service Operations in eDiscovery TranslationCross-border litigation can be complicated and costly.  

However, if law firms plan ahead and establish a process to address multilingual demands identified in e-discovery, legal teams can save time and money in what can be a very difficult undertaking.   

Because global commerce and new technology have made foreign language e-discovery ubiquitous, legal professionals should acquaint themselves with best practices for translation in multilingual litigation.    

The right resources, technology, and procedures can ensure the litigation process is efficient, enabling attorneys to focus on litigation strategy and ultimately reduce expenses. Let’s review some common bottlenecks in multilingual e-discovery and how to prevent them.  

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Why Did the Litigation Support Professional Cross the Road?

2017-06-25+0000| | Community, Litigation Support

Why Did the Litigation Support Professional Cross the Road?Something happens to your sense of humor when you become a father. 

Maybe it’s a constraint fatherhood puts on your time that prevents you from keeping up with edgy humor. Maybe it’s the time spent with kids that reinforces a simpler, cleaner repartee and repertoire. Or maybe it’s a contentedness brought on by fatherhood that leads to a surrender of coolness. 

In any case, there’s nothing like a good pun to get a dad to crack himself up. In honor of Father’s Day, we share the deliciously corny e-discovery dad jokes we found and try our hand at a few of our own. Searching for an inside joke that packs a pun? Don’t go on a fishing expedition (hehe) … read on.

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[Videos] 5 Ways You Should Be Using Dashboards

2017-06-25+0000| | Review & Production, Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

5 Ways You Should Be Using DashboardsWith more and more data involved in e-discovery projects, it can be difficult to derive the story behind it. Visualizations help condense and display data in a way that’s easier to understand, so you can interact with it and take action.

At Relativity Fest London 2017, Relativity solutions specialist Clare Longworth walked through several scenarios where dashboards can improve your normal workflow and help you easily dig into and visualize data. Check out a recap of her session Creating Dashboards for Your Entire Case Lifecycle to learn five ways to use dashboards on your next project.

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Who's Clogging Up Your Enterprise Data Stores? Not Who You Think

2017-06-25+0000| | IT & Infrastructure, In-house Counsel

Who's Clogging Up Your Enterprise Data Stores? Not Who You ThinkIn a Harris Poll survey recently commissioned by kCura, we asked office workers about their understanding of data privacy and their digital habits. Many entry-level employees admit to at least sometimes engaging in behaviors that cause unnecessary corporate data proliferation—things like spreading office gossip over work email (14 percent), using work devices for online chats with friends (16 percent), and emailing large groups of people (39 percent).

Around twice as many “higher-ups” (i.e., office workers at a director level or above) confess to engaging in the same behaviors—at least sometimes using work email or messaging apps to share office gossip (30 percent), using work devices for online chats with friends (38 percent), and emailing large groups of people (67 percent).

Should this surprise us?

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4 Ways to Move e-Discovery Data That You May Not Know About

2017-06-25+0000| | Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

4 Ways to Move e-Discovery Data That You May Not Know About

Moving e-discovery data isn’t glamorous. It’s messy, it’s tedious, and if the data and metadata aren’t properly preserved, it can really screw up your project.

That’s why, a few years back, we created Relativity Integration Points. We wanted to streamline how customers move their data in, out, and around Relativity.

There are endless ways to use Integration Points, but there are four common problems that it solves for our customers, especially those on the front lines of litigation support.

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Knowledge Management: Transforming Litigation Discovery into Organizational Intelligence

2017-06-25+0000| | Law Firm, Litigation Support

Knowledge Management

This post was originally published by DiscoverReady, an Orange-level Relativity Best in Service Partner. We thought it was a great discussion on the ways knowledge management can play a role in e-discovery efforts.

Knowledge Management (KM) is a business process that formalizes the management and use of an enterprise’s intellectual assets. By adding human insight, KM transforms a flat dataset of information into a treasure trove of centralized intelligence, which can be used to make informed business decisions. KM solutions can be tailored to fit each organization’s needs, and can be deployed in companies of all sizes and types. In the law firm environment, the 2015 Altman Weil “Law Firms in Transition” Survey reports that nearly 57% of responding law firms use KM to increase their efficacy of legal services.

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Throwback: 5 Tricks to Help e-Discovery Project Managers Keep a Level Head

2017-06-25+0000| | Education & Certification, Litigation Support

Project-Managers.pngOriginally published in 2016, this post highlights some helpful tips for project managers. It continues to get attention today, so we're republishing it in case you'd like to take another look.

As cases become increasingly complex and involve more data, we have come to understand that project management is a critical discipline in the e-discovery field. Everyone on your team can contribute more effectively with the right organizational skills and big-picture thinking. You, as the project manager, can guide them through it—but not if you’re losing your cool.

Here are a few ways you can keep a level head while juggling demands, balancing the load, and scaling to meet every project’s needs.

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A Review Manager's Guide to Convincing an e-Discovery Skeptic

2017-06-25+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Litigation Support

Review Manager's Guide to Convincing an e-Discovery SkepticOne of the many takeaways from last November’s US presidential election is that the mechanics of e-discovery aren’t particularly well-known.

Case in point: a tweet from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, posted days before the American public voted amid what one might call a second-pass review of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

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