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The Anatomy of Project Management

2016-08-31+0000| | Education & Certification, Litigation Support

082916-Anatomy-of-Project-Management.pngEditor's Note: Mike Quartararo, author of this post, will be at the Relativity booth during ILTACON 2016 to talk project management shop with other e-discovery professionals. Meet him in person at booth 400 on Tuesday, August 30, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., or 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.

To truly understand the value of project management when it comes to handling electronically stored information (ESI) and e-discovery in general, one must first have a firm grounding in general project management principles.

Project management principles are, of course, ideally suited to the management of e-discovery projects and litigation or practice support operations. They are particularly appropriate given the repetitive and dependent tasks; the variety of people and organizations involved; and the need to better manage the scope, timing, and cost of e-discovery projects. One need only consider that discovery is the most time-consuming and expensive aspect of litigation to then take the next logical step toward more efficient ways to manage it.

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Confirming the Growing Use of Analytics Tools in Corporate Legal

2016-08-31+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, In-house Counsel, Community, Law Firm

blog_2016-CTRL-Survey_.pngOne of the lingering questions among e-discovery counsel and cognoscenti alike is whether enterprises and their lawyers are increasingly using analytical tools—technology that automatically organizes, classifies, and identifies trends amongst all types of data. This includes electronically stored information (ESI) involved in e-discovery, project management stats on information governance initiatives, and various other use cases.

While there is some question of how quickly these tools, including technology-assisted review (TAR), are gaining acceptance, the trends seem clear. An industry survey from 2015 suggested they are gaining steady traction among corporate legal teams—a group that helps drive change in the practice of law by influencing not just their businesses, but also the habits of the law firms who serve them.

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How You Can Intentionally Destroy Evidence and Still Win a $25 Million Verdict

2016-08-31+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

blog_pirates-cable-internet-and-the-new-37e.pngEditor’s Note: The author of this post, kCura’s David Horrigan, was counsel at the Entertainment Software Association, which has been involved in the copyright issues discussed in this post.

One of the more contentious points of debate over last year’s e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was the move to change the sanctions provisions of Rule 37(e).

The new Rule 37(e) requires a spoliator to have an “intent to deprive” another party of the use of the destroyed evidence in litigation for the most severe sanctions to apply.  

Tweaking a primary judicial tool for sanctioning subversive spoliators caused some consternation. On the other hand, many argued the old rule caused needless data preservation, driving up costs for everyone.

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How to Simplify 3 Common Types of e-Discovery

2016-08-31+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

2016-08-31+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

2016-08-31+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

2016-08-31+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

2016-08-31+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

2016-08-31+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

2016-08-31+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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