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SXSW 2017: Bats, Biometrics, and Solving Tomorrow’s Data Challenges

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Community, Education & Certification, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_SXSW-takeaways.pngEvery March, there are two great migrations to Austin, Texas. The first is the arrival of the city’s huge Mexican free-tailed bat colony, which spends the summer and fall living, breeding, and hunting in and around the Congress Street Bridge. When the colony’s newborn bat pups take wing in August, more than 1.5 million bats share the skies above the capitol city.

The second migration is generally considered to be much weirder. March in Austin also means South by Southwest, which for nearly 30 years has gathered the world’s finest creative minds in technology, music, and film to discuss wicked problems and innovate solutions across industries. The festival has been a launching point for apps like Twitter and Foursquare and hosted talks by tech developers and world leaders, including a 2016 appearance by Barack Obama.

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Two Words Every e-Discovery Professional Should Know

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_event-handler.pngTechnology is, of course, a big component of e-discovery, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who works in this industry is a tech genius. Most lawyers and litigation support professionals don’t know (or care) about JavaScript or the nitty gritty of how their smartphone ticks. Using technology shouldn’t require expertise under the hood.

Technophile or technophobe, every attorney and review manager who wants to do e-discovery faster should know these two words: event handlers.

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Business Intelligence: Tracking Metrics Across Projects

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

Advanced Discovery_Presentation.pngThis blog post is a thorough introduction to the ways high-level metrics from your e-discovery projects, when viewed holistically, can help influence a smarter e-discovery strategy for your business. It was originally published on the Advanced Discovery blog as part of their recent series on business intelligence.

In the first part of this short blog series, we began by reviewing core business intelligence concepts and how they can apply during an individual e-discovery project. Here, we review how they apply across individual e-discovery projects as part of effective e-discovery program management.

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3 Best Practices for e-Discovery Custodian Interviews

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, ECA & Investigation, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

D4-logo-with-tag-300x92.pngThis article was originally published on D4's Discover More blog. We enjoyed their close examination of how to best conduct critical custodian interviews, which, when done well, can help ensure smoother e-discovery.

With all the advanced technologies available to us, a good client interview still provides the single biggest advantage in saving money and managing the risks of e-discovery. Besides getting a good idea about the facts of your case and the value of potential witnesses, a good client interview helps to achieve a cost-effective review and a proportionate discovery response.

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5 Ways Runners and Production Managers Just Get Each Other

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Litigation Support

blog_5-ways-runners-and-production-managers-just-get-each-other.pngThere are a lot of similarities between physical fitness and e-discovery expertise that can help you embrace the love of running as well as excel at your job. We’ve covered the subject of athletics and e-discovery before—including analogies on running a marathon, tackling an obstacle course, and partaking in the great American pastime—so let’s touch on another example: the production that feels like a couch-to-5K adventure. With unseasonably warm weather in Chicago earlier this week and new year’s resolutions on our minds, we’re in the mood for some exercise.

Most of us can agree that succeeding in e-discovery is a feat of athleticism all its own. Today we present a few specific examples, but it all comes down to this: if you don't feel like throwing up after completing a 5K or production, you didn't try hard enough.

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Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Evidentiary Media Any Longer

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_why-you-cant-afford-to-ignore-evidentiary-media.pngAs we all know, the size of archived data is exploding. What you may not know is that according to Gartner, 80 percent of all data is unstructured, which includes human-generated enterprise content such as presentations and audio and video media—most of which is currently unsearchable.

Audio and video recordings are discoverable in legal and compliance matters, and those recordings may hold key information about a case. Whether it’s a voicemail left by a rogue trader, a call center employee that makes unauthorized guarantees to close a transaction, or a video conference where the key patent in a litigation was discussed on a whiteboard, these types of files can include information that would make or break a case. 

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The Search Technique You Should Be Using (But Probably Aren’t)

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Litigation Support

blog_reg-ex-anatomy-of-searchingEditor's Note: This simple introduction to a critical search strategy, originally published in December 2015, is among our most-viewed posts on The Relativity Blog. We thought it would make a useful refresher as you start planning your first projects for 2017. You can also dive into this tutorial for more practice.

Regular Expressions (RegEx) is a form of advanced searching that looks for specific patterns, as opposed to certain terms and phrases. It’s a unique solution that has the ability to hit results that no other type of searching can replicate, and it offers e-discovery practitioners big improvements to their typical dtSearch and analytics workflows.

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5 Unique Challenges of Second Requests

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Analytics & Assisted Review, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

160513_FRONTEO_logo_H_RGB_Color.pngThis article was originally published on the FRONTEO Blog. It's an informative look at what sets second requests apart from other types of e-discovery projects. Check out the original version here.

Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, both parties involved in a transaction must file a “Notification and Report Form” with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division to obtain approval for before mergers, tender offers, or other acquisition transactions.

After review of the original notification documents, the FTC or the Antitrust Division may request more information in the form of a “Request for Additional Information and Documentary Materials,” more commonly referred to as a “Second Request.”

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How to Simplify 3 Common Types of e-Discovery

2017-03-28+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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Opposing Production Received…Now What?

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

inventus-logo_600x400px.pngThis article was originally published on the Inventus Discovery Blog. We thought it was an informative, in-depth look at recommended workflows when reviewing received productions. Check out the full version here.

Your opposing counsel has just delivered a production volume. Where do you start with your review of the material? Here are some initial questions to answer.

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