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5 Ways to Use Concept Searching that You Might Have Missed

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

5 Ways to Use Concept Searching that You Might Have MissedOrange-level Relativity Best in Service Partner Inventus recently published this article on the Inventus Blog. We thought it presented some unique, compelling ways to take full advantage of analytics technology during e-discovery. Check out the original version here.

Though it took a number of years to gain initial acceptance, concept search technology has now matured to the point where it is deployed in the vast majority of document review platforms in the industry. 

To be clear, I am NOT referring to technology assisted review (TAR … aka predictive coding) technologies or workflows. In many ways, TAR evolved from concept search, but the two are not the same. 

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5 Secrets to Introducing Lasting Change in Legal Tech

2017-07-27+0000| | IT & Infrastructure, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

5 Secrets to Introducing Lasting Change in Legal TechIf only implementing legal technology change were as simple as buying new equipment and plugging it in. But simply having the right solution isn’t enough.

Organizational change starts with individual change. So whether you’re pushing through a new legal operations process or transitioning to new technology, a smart project plan includes adoption of the “new way” in its definition of success and dedicates resources for change management—the people side of change.

Before you dismiss change management as too soft or “woo-woo,” consider: CEB reports that employees suffering from change-related stress perform five percent worse than average; this equates to a $32.5 million impact to the bottom line per $1 billion in revenue.

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Trump Jr. Revelations 'Email's Last Hurrah?' 5 Reasons It's Not So

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

Trump Jr. Revelations 'Email's Last Hurrah?' 5 Reasons It's Not So“Email evidence has become a routine linchpin of white-collar criminal prosecution, because everything anyone has ever thought is likely to be contained in email. 

Not for long. Savor Don Jr.’s thread; this is email’s last hurrah.” 

New York Times writer Farhad Manjoo on the publication of Donald Trump Jr.’s email chain in which he expressed interest in learning more about alleged Russian dirt on Hilary Clinton

When one of my colleagues came across Farhad Manjoo’s “What We Lose When the World Moves On From Email,” the article from which the above is quoted, he started an email chain of his own to discuss it, and I don’t think starting email chains is about to end any time soon.

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Cyber Insurance 102: Everything Else You Wanted to Know

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cyber Insurance 102: Everything Else You Wanted to KnowSince our first cyber insurance post, serious breaches like WannaCry are making it clear that cyber insurance policies are moving from niche to mainstream.  

Vulnerability has become an onion of concern as organizations seek to protect not only their own sensitive data, but also any client data or system connections for which they may be a trustee, such as during e-discovery and other strategic solutions work.  

“Modern enterprises are becoming painfully aware that 100 percent cybersecurity is an impossibility,” says Judy Selby, an insurance and strategic cyber risk consultant. Instead of focusing exclusively on building cyber defenses, smart companies are taking an enterprise approach to managing cyber risks.”  

And for many, cyber insurance is a step in that direction. 

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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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Throwback: Tips for Mastering Large e-Discovery Projects with Any-sized Team

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Education & Certification, Law Firm

blog_small-but-mighty.pngOriginally published in 2016, this post highlights some helpful tips for handling large e-discovery projects. It continues to get attention today, so we're republishing it in case you'd like to take another look.

While the day-to-day differences between working at a plaintiffs’ firm and a defense firm can be quite drastic, one challenge both sides face is how to efficiently handle large e-discovery projects.

On the plaintiffs’ side—where case teams are often smaller than those at large defense firms—planning for your next e-discovery project is more complex than simply issuing a request for relevant documents and finding some extra bodies to thumb through the defendants’ productions. With today’s data volumes, discovery requests can result in thousands or even millions of pages of information—especially in large class action lawsuits like those our firm typically handles.

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Analytics for Contract Review: The Contract Cognition Approach

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel

Analytics for Contract Review: The Contract Cognition ApproachThis post was originally published by Corporate Counsel. We thought it provided a unique perspective and useful tips for approaching contract review.

From Data Burden to Tech Indispensability

Contracts are not just a critical part of business operations—they are a key component of business growth and development, and (realistically) the best step forward into the future of an organization. But while contracting processes that support headline-generating, multi-million dollar deals have benefited somewhat from advances in analytics and machine learning, there is a much larger set of deals, valued in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, that presents a process ripe for improvement.

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

2017-07-27+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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Who's Clogging Up Your Enterprise Data Stores? Not Who You Think

2017-07-27+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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Pharma's eCTD Problems Have e-Discovery Solutions

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

Tackling the eCTD with e-Discovery Know-how

The pharmaceutical industry is no stranger to big data or big innovation. Earlier this month, a new requirement from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formalized the digitization of the process by which companies submit new drug and medical device applications.

To learn more about the “electronic common technical document” standard (eCTD), the processes behind it, and how e-discovery know-how can simplify its completion, we sat down with Michael Sarlo, vice president of e-discovery and digital forensics at HAYSTACKID. Here’s what we learned.

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