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Pharma's eCTD Problems Have e-Discovery Solutions

2017-05-26+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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Legal Operations Takeover: CLOC Institute 2017

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community

ReplyAll CLOC ConversationOriginally published as a live, developing conversation on Above the Law, this interview between ReplyAll co-founder Zach Abramowitz and several legal professionals discusses major takeaways from this month's CLOC Institute.

This month, legal professionals, consultants, and tech companies from across the country converged in Las Vegas for what seems to have become one of the most important events of the year in the legal industry: the CLOC Institute.

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Dispelling the Myths that Prevent Legal Innovation in Hong Kong

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm, Litigation Support

051917-hong-kong-innovation.pngThis article originally appeared in Legal IT Insider.

What is it like to litigate in Hong Kong?

At the recent Global Pound Conference in Hong Kong, attendees were asked about how to improve the dispute resolution process for all parties. Data generated from a live, technology-enabled poll of the audience led to a thought-provoking discussion on the priorities and limitations to innovating the dispute resolution process—specifically in Hong Kong.

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e-Discovery Sanctions Update: The Lawyer’s Computer, the Iron Rooster, and Rule 37(e)

2017-05-26+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

051517-new-case-law-3.pngTwo technological events bring fear and loathing to many of us: trying to trade in a defective mobile phone, and walking up to our personal computer and finding it’s fried—in the words of Dickens, dead as a doornail.

In a significant week for e-discovery case law, we’ve had two decisions over the past few days where these hassles have landed litigants—including an attorney—in the hot water of e-discovery sanctions proceedings.

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Experience the Modern e-Discovery Story [VIDEO]

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, ECA & Investigation, Relativity Product Spotlight

051117-connected-experience-fest-video-2.pngCorporate legal teams are bringing more e-discovery expertise in-house—and finding ways to save time and money on processes beyond litigation.

Still, while corporate counsel are getting more savvy, their projects continue to get more complex. Data volumes continue to grow, information moves and lives across borders more often than ever, and the technology behind it all never stops evolving. That means in-house minds often need outside support.

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New Data: Employee Data Habits May Increase Corporate Legal Risk

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

051017-employee-big-data-habits-and-employer-risk.pngThis article originally appeared on Law360.

In our daily work lives, we see a fair amount of anecdotal evidence indicating many of us engage in workplace behaviors that put our personal privacy and company data at risk.

But, how serious is the problem?

To find out, kCura recently commissioned a Harris Poll survey conducted between December 28, 2016, and January 18, 2017, included 1,013 U.S. adults age 18 and over who were employed full-time or part-time, working in a traditional office setting for at least 50 percent of the time (referred to as “employees” throughout) to get a better idea of just what employee behaviors may be putting corporate enterprises—and themselves—at risk.

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Underwriting e-Discovery Risk with ECA in the Insurance Industry

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, ECA & Investigation, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Insurance02.pngOriginally published in early 2016, this post highlights some important considerations for professionals in an industry that helps protect our everyday economy. It continues to get attention today, so we're republishing it in case you'd like to take another look.

Property insurance keeps our business and personal lives afloat. The common risks we take to go about our everyday lives—the risk that our home will be burglarized, for example, or that we'll cause a car accident on our way home from work—could be catastrophic if we didn’t have policies in place to protect us from the consequences when those risks come to fruition.

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GDPR: The New Driver for Good Information Governance

2017-05-26+0000| | Information Governance, In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm

Alverez & Marsal_Presentation.pngThis article was originally published by Alvarez & Marsal, and offers an informative look at the necessary coexistence of GDPR compliance and sound information governance.

“Information is the oil of the 21st century” and organizations are amassing and storing more than ever before. According to the Gartner group, data is growing 40-60 percent year-over-year. For enterprises to successfully manage this exponential growth of information, they must first understand what data they have across the enterprise and how it will affect their operations. Gaining that knowledge is the first step toward developing an information governance (IG) strategy that will extract more value from data and minimize the costs and risks associated with managing it.

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Discovery Sanctions: US Supreme Court Limits ‘South Park’ Doctrine in Tire Fiasco

2017-05-26+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

042117-Goodyear-New-Case-Law.pngDuring the debates over the 2015 e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, one of the biggest points of contention was the change in the sanctions provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(e).

However, as we’ve discussed before, judges have methods other than Rule 37(e) to sanction bad behavior in discovery. In addition to tools such as Rule 37(b)(2), federal judges can sanction parties under their so-called “inherent authority.”

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name: 6 Networking Groups for In-House Counsel

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification

041817-In-house-Atty-Networking-Groups.pngIn-house counsel is required to foresee possible disasters, provide guidance when the worst-case scenario occurs, and translate legal situations and implications for executives. On top of these responsibilities, in-house counsel is now expected to learn new technology and help manage their organization’s data. It’s a lot. 

With this unique set of challenges, it’s important to connect with others who are in the same boat. 

While there are countless legal professional organizations to connect lawyers with one another, there are limited options for seeking advice and knowledge from other in-house counsel. We’ve compiled a few networking groups and opportunities specifically for you. Each offering differs, so take a look to find out which groups are best for your needs.

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