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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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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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For Job-Seeking Law School Students, Technology Is the Answer

2017-05-26+0000| | Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm

051717-technology-for-law-students.pngThis article originally appeared in Law Technology Today.

Which word doesn’t belong: data, analytics, lawyer, or software?

There’s no right answer, because technology is bringing sweeping changes to the legal profession.

According to a Robert Half survey, eight in 10 corporate lawyers said their collaboration with IT specialists has increased during the past two years. And law firms increasingly find they must hire attorneys who are already well versed in the tools of the trade to satisfy the demands of these corporate legal clients.

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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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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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5 Bad e-Discovery Search Habits and How to Break Them

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

042517-Five-Bad-Search-Habits.pngNo one likes to start the day with a frantic email: a search won’t run or isn’t providing the expected results, and because you’re trying to complete a review project on a tight deadline, you have no choice but to fire off a panicked request for help to your litigation support team. But you don’t have to find yourself trapped in this position. A bit of better search hygiene can make all the difference.

There are many tools available to help you create accurate and healthy searches. Check out these most common searching snafus and their best methods of prevention to accelerate your review.

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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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Email Threading 101: An Introduction to an Essential e-Discovery Tool

2017-05-26+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_email-threading-101Originally published more than a year ago, this post is a helpful look at one of the easiest wins in all of e-discovery analytics. We've updated it to reflect the current capabilities of Relativity, and are republishing it to give you another look.

According to the Radicati Group, the average businessperson sends 36 emails per day. It may not sound like much, but if you do the math, it means a single employee creates nearly 10,000 emails per year (more if they work weekends).

With these numbers, it’s no wonder email is the dominant data form in e-discovery. Even in cases involving only a few custodians, you’re looking at a data set filled with thousands of emails, one for every time your custodian hits send.

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4 Top-of-Mind Topics for UK e-Disclosure Experts

2017-05-26+0000| | International, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

041117-Top-of-Mind-Topics-in-UK.pngThe e-disclosure field is not for those adverse to change and uncertainty. It’s always been fast paced, but practitioners—especially those in the UK—are now facing a triad of changes in data privacy regulations, technology, and politics. While these types of changes are far from new to these professionals, there are higher stakes and more uncertainty with Brexit and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  

Ahead of Relativity Fest London, here are four topics on the minds of UK e-disclosure experts in our community as they keep up with this evolving landscape, as well as a few tips on how you can learn more about each subject. 

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