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Gone Viral: Social Media in e-Discovery

2017-07-27+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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Enfuse 2017: Handling Data Breaches and EnCase Joins the Relativity Community

2017-07-27+0000| | Collection, Community, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Enfuse 2017: Handling Data Breaches and EnCase Joins the Relativity CommunityThe Enfuse Conference, Guidance Software’s annual digital investigations event held last week in Las Vegas, featured the usual mix of legal, law enforcement, and computer forensics professionals.

However, the conference, known formerly as the Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference, had a slightly different look this year. For instance, the hashtag #eDiscovery was the number one hashtag used on social media throughout the conference. (#DigitalForensics was second most popular, and #DataBreach was fourth.)

Why the importance of #eDiscovery?

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How to Simplify 3 Common Types of e-Discovery

2017-07-27+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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2 Cringeworthy Collection Stories

2017-07-27+0000| | Collection, Litigation Support


Ensuring your e-discovery collection is defensible has always been critical, but it hasn’t always been easy. In fact, in the early days, it sometimes got a little awkward. 

Ten years ago, toward the beginning of my career as an e-discovery consultant, the process was considerably more painful. Without remote, targeted collection options, collecting data was costly and time-consuming.

Unfortunately, some teams still feel this pain—despite the technology on the market to make it easier. If you've recently worked on a manual collection, these cringeworthy anecdotes from the field may hit close to home.

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The Next Generation of Effective Collections

2017-07-27+0000| | Collection, In-house Counsel, Litigation Support

blog_visualiztion-with-collectionI’ll admit: I tried to come up with a Star Wars reference for the headline of this blog post to mark the release of the new installment of the series today, but the Star Trek reference seemed much more appropriate. I can remember a time when forensic collection was viewed as an add-on feature for the e-discovery process. Now, I’d argue, we’ve entered the next generation.

A collection once simply consisted of retrieving data, with any analysis and sense-making taking place downstream. Nowadays, there’s a real need to go beyond simple data collection and provide time- and headache-saving data management functions. With data volumes on the rise and deadlines as tight as ever, attorneys need help getting their arms around their matters earlier in the discovery process.

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End-to-end e-Discovery: 6 Trends CDS Has Seen in the Real World

2017-07-27+0000| | Collection, Review & Production, Community, Litigation Support

6 e-discovery trendsAt Relativity Fest 2015, I joined Andrew Sieja, kCura’s president and CEO, on stage for his keynote. We discussed dealing with increasingly large e-discovery projects using three case studies as examples. 

While sharing stats about the data we’ve processed and put into review, it was clear that describing our challenges and solutions resonated with the audience.

Since then, I’ve been thinking about the bigger picture. As I pointed out on stage, we at CDS have ingested more than 90 TBs and 220 million documents into Relativity Processing in the last year alone. That same year we became the first Relativity Premium Hosting Partner to license the full Relativity platform end to end. But as e-discovery counsel, I spend a significant amount of my time evangelizing about data management and the digital age of law. Our story is not just about size, speed, and scalability; it is about our evolution of using tools to find and implement solutions to modern legal challenges. Going end to end has enhanced how we serve our clients in six key ways.

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What Everyone Should Know About Bringing European Data to the U.S.

2017-07-27+0000| | Collection, In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm

blog_european-data-to-USAt this year’s Relativity Fest, in the session “Collecting and Reviewing European Documents in U.S. Litigation,” I discussed how and why the European Data Protection Directive (the Directive) protects “personal” data in the European Union member states plus Iceland, Norway, and Lichtensteintogether known as the European Economic Area (EEA).

The Directive is, in effect, an instruction to each country to pass its own law—each country implements the terms of the Directive independently (and can, if it wishes, choose to include additional, more stringent, provisions).

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7 Tips for In-house Counsel and e-Discovery Teams

2017-07-27+0000| | Collection, In-house Counsel, Community, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog-ACC-recapThe 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) brought about 3,500 legal professionals to Boston last week for what is billed as the world’s largest educational event for in-house legal counsel. Kicked off by Harvard Business School associate professor Amy Cuddy, the event included legal education content ranging from protecting the attorney-client privilege to protecting your executive presence in the office.

As its name implies, ACC is an organization of and for lawyers, but in covering this year’s conference, we found seven tips useful for just about anyone working on a legal team.

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A Data Forensics Expert’s Advice on Targeted Collections

2017-07-27+0000| | Collection, Litigation Support


More and more, we hear case teams talking targeted collections rather than full disk images of custodians’ hard drives. The benefits of a targeted collection are pretty clear—you collect less up front, and you spend less downstream—but it’s still a new approach for some case teams. Consider this insight as you develop the data management strategies that will be most effective for your case.

Why Consider a Targeted Collection?

e-Discovery and the technologies we use to perform it have evolved a great deal in recent years, and so should our strategies. A good legal services partner is a consultancy, not just a “collections” group. It’s our job to help educate internal case teams about the pros and cons of each possible approach and method, and then explain our recommendations and the reasoning behind them.

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4 Tips to Empower Your Team for Smarter Collections

2017-07-27+0000| | Collection

blog_empower-teams-smart-collectionDuring our recent Smarter Collections with Relativity webinar, Jacob Cross, advice specialist from kCura, and I shared how Relativity Collection can help solve some common pain points. As case teams evaluate their collection strategies, they want workflows that are easy for those collecting data as well as the custodians it belongs to, while also keeping deadlines in mind. How can you achieve it all?

Here are four tips for building a collection strategy that will empower your case team to run an efficient, defensible process.

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