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Pop Star e-Discovery: Taylor Swift Gets a Lesson in the New Rule 37(e)

2017-07-21+0000| | Legal Update, Law Firm

Pop Star e-Discovery: Taylor Swift Gets a Lesson in the New Rule 37(e)

If you ever think e-discovery law is the somewhat dry domain of software, servers, and many, many motions, yesterday’s Colorado federal court decision in Mueller v. Swift will remind you that e-discovery is so much more.

Yes, when you have the pop star Taylor Swift, an erstwhile Denver DJ, accusations of sexual misconduct, a clandestine audio recording, a mysterious malfunctioning external hard drive, and—of course—coffee spilled on an Apple laptop, it goes to show that e-discovery is everywhere.

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5 Secrets to Introducing Lasting Change in Legal Tech

2017-07-21+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

2017-07-21+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

2017-07-21+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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4 Ways to Grow Your Business at Relativity Fest

2017-07-21+0000| | Community, Law Firm

4 Ways to Grow Your Business at Relativity FestIn an industry where you need to stay up to date on the latest technology advancements and new courtroom decisions, there’s little time left to grow your career, business, and team.

That’s why this year at Relativity Fest we’ve created a professional development track, designed to help attendees find the sessions that will offer advice and insights about becoming a more effective leader, marketing your services, and advancing your career.

Here are four takeaways—as well as a few can’t-miss sessions—you’ll glean from the professional development track at Relativity Fest.

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Gone Viral: Social Media in e-Discovery

2017-07-21+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

2017-07-21+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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e-Discovery Processing: 7 Tips for Reducing Stress (and Spend)

2017-07-21+0000| | Processing, Law Firm, Litigation Support

H5-logo.pngThis post was originally published by H5, a Blue-level Relativity Best in Service Partner. We thought it provided great tips and best practices for processing. It's the first in a seriescheck out the H5 blog for more e-discovery workflow tips.

The collection is done and you finally have the data. Now what? What’s the best way to tackle processing without breaking a sweat, the bank, or your timeline?

Alongside early case assessment (ECA), this phase of e-discovery presents an opportunity to undertake a defensible reduction of data and pass along only the material that will ultimately be necessary to review. Here are a few tips that may help.

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

2017-07-21+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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A Beginner’s Guide to Service Options in e-Discovery Translation

2017-07-21+0000| | Law Firm, Litigation Support

A Beginner's Guide to Service Operations in eDiscovery TranslationCross-border litigation can be complicated and costly.  

However, if law firms plan ahead and establish a process to address multilingual demands identified in e-discovery, legal teams can save time and money in what can be a very difficult undertaking.   

Because global commerce and new technology have made foreign language e-discovery ubiquitous, legal professionals should acquaint themselves with best practices for translation in multilingual litigation.    

The right resources, technology, and procedures can ensure the litigation process is efficient, enabling attorneys to focus on litigation strategy and ultimately reduce expenses. Let’s review some common bottlenecks in multilingual e-discovery and how to prevent them.  

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