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From Federal Procedure Rules to State Bar Association Rules —Lawyers Need Tech Skills to Remain Competent

Today, amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy Procedure go into effect. Based on these amendments, litigators may want to brush up on their tech skills. In fact, litigators may be...more

Defendant Ordered to Produce Source Code Responsive to Agreed Upon Search Protocol: eDiscovery Case Law

In ACI Worldwide Corp. v. MasterCard Technologies, LLC et. al., No. 14-31 (D. Nebraska, Oct. 27, 2016), Nebraska Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett granted the plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Production of the defendant’s Full Source...more

With No Proof of Duty to Preserve or Bad Faith, Plaintiffs’ Request for Sanctions is Denied: eDiscovery Case Law

In Reyes et. al. v. Julia Place Condominiums Homeowners Association, Inc., et. al., No. 12-2043 (E.D.L.A., Oct. 7, 2016), Louisiana District Judge Carl J. Barbier, in denying the plaintiffs’ request for sanctions, stated that...more

The Light that Shone One Dim Winter Afternoon: The Story of the First E-Discovery Day Celebration

E-Discovery Day is just around the corner, and people are already gearing up for a great lineup of webcasts with speakers from across the industry, as well as live events in various cities across the US. December 1st is the...more

Is Office 365 Alone Sufficient to Address Your eDiscovery Obligations?

Office 365 is moving mainstream eDiscovery off-premises, making Microsoft compelling and convenient for many organizations. If you’re an IT, legal, compliance or HR professional and answered “yes” to the question posed above,...more

Public Comment Period Extended for Commentary on Defense of Process: eDiscovery Best Practices

As we noted a couple of months ago, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1) has issued a Public Comment Version of a new Principles and Guidelines for Developing and...more

Defendant Sanctioned for Failing to Preserve Text Messages and Failing to Produce Native Format Data: eDiscovery Case Law

In First Financial Security, Inc. v. Freedom Equity Group, LLC, No. 15-1893 (N.D. Cal., Oct. 7, 2016), California Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd issued permissive adverse inference instruction sanctions against the...more

Be an Analytics 50 Superstar: Revisit the Past in Your Data to Predict the Future

Studies show that it costs companies millions of dollars or more every time they re-review the same document that is part of a legal or compliance case. In fact, lawyers often review the same document dozens of times or...more

Not an LOL Matter: Court Provides Guidance on Steps Litigants Should Take to Preserve Text Messages

We’ve all been there. Your friends throw you in the pool with your phone in your pocket. You repeatedly slice your finger on shards of glass from your phone’s shattered screen. Or, maybe you forget your phone isn’t waterproof...more

Court Orders Forensic Examination of Key Custodian Computers: eDiscovery Case Law

In Davis v. Crescent Electric Company et. al., No. 12-5008 (D. S.D., Oct. 12, 2016), South Dakota District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol ruled that a non-disclosure agreement would sufficiently protect any and all confidential...more

Defendant Not Required to Use Predictive Coding by Court: eDiscovery Case Law

Regardless how the election turned out last night, eDiscovery case law marches on… In the case In re Viagra Products Liability Litigation, 16-02691 (N.D. Cali., Oct. 14, 2016), California Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim,...more

E-Discovery Technology is your Trump Card: Document Review in Way Less than 8 Days

Maybe one positive thing that came from this election cycle – at least for those of us working in the world of e-discovery and information governance – is that our world hit the mainstream. Over the weekend, Donald Trump...more

Another Modest Proposal (This Time, About Discovery)

Bexis recently attended the “Emerging Issues in Mass-Tort MDLs Conference” sponsored by Duke Law School (those of us from Philly remember Duke as part of “Black Saturday” back in 1979). Several panels discussed various...more

How to Respond When FINRA Comes Knocking

A few weeks ago, we discussed how companies are increasing their investments in enterprise governance, risk and compliance, largely in response to an uptick in regulatory action and enforcement. Financial services firms,...more

Does Your Legal Team Measure Up? Find Out with Exterro’s 2016 In-House Legal Benchmarking Report

Benchmarking as a form of measurement began with cobblers having the shoe buyer put their foot on a bench to be measured and marked. Then the term was used by surveyors who would establish a “bench mark” on a permanent object...more

Total Lack of Oversight in Discovery Searches Leads to Hefty Sanctions

Rodman v. Safeway Inc., No. 11-cv-03003-JST (N.D. Cal. Oct. 6, 2016). The court saddled a party with nearly $700,000 in attorneys’ fees after its counsel allowed the client’s director of marketing to search for evidence...more

Plaintiff Must Cooperate on Search Terms, Says Court: eDiscovery Case Law

In Pyle v. Selective Insurance Company of America, No. 2:16-cv-335 (W.D. Pa. Sept. 30, 2016), Pennsylvania Senior District Judge Terrence F. McVerry granted the defendant’s Motion to Compel Plaintiff to Provide ESI Search...more

Must-Have Skills to Demonstrate eDiscovery Competence

Technological competence is a key component of a lawyer’s ethical duties. But how can corporate and outside counsel, whose practice areas often involve substantive legal matters other than eDiscovery, comply with their duty...more

E-Discovery Nightmares: 5 Experts Share Tales of Redactions, Huge Data Sets, and Things That Go Bump in the Night

Now that the days are growing short, and the summer sun gone, leaving us with overcast skies and wind driven mists clinging to the rain-soaked hills, the mood is set for telling stories of ghouls, goblins, and other specters...more

Searching Only File Names is Not the "Safe Way" to Avoid Sanctions: eDiscovery Case Law

See what I did there?… :o) In Rodman v. Safeway, No. 11-cv-03003-JST (N.D. Cal., Oct. 6, 2016), California District Judge Jon S. Tigar ordered the defendant to pay plaintiff’s Class Counsel $688,646 as a discovery...more

A Framework for Discovery Automation: eDiscovery Trends

Automation has been a recurring theme this year on this blog. At the beginning of the year, I declared that the age of eDiscovery automation is upon us. I’ve also spoken about discovery automation on numerous occasions,...more

The SEC Has Data Fever, and the Only Prescription Is More Data (Analytics)

Companies are increasingly investing in enterprise governance, risk, and compliance (eGRC), largely in response to an uptick in regulatory action and enforcement. Between the enactment of laws such as the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

Before Asking for Sanctions, Check the Recycle Bin

Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., No. 15-cv-02287-BAS (NLS), 2016 WL 5110453 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2016). The court denied sanctions against a party where the huge majority of the files he deleted were not actually destroyed,...more

Slip and Fall Case Leads to Sanctions Faceplant

Atiles v. Golub Corp., No. 521828 (N.Y. App. July 28, 2016). The appellate court affirmed the lower court’s denial of an adverse inference instruction where the plaintiff did not establish that the additional video...more

How to Find a Quantum of Solace With Multi-Language eDiscovery

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” These words, spoken by James Bond in From Russia With Love, encapsulate the fears many have in the wake of the UK’s historic vote to Brexit the EU. Amid continued warnings about markets...more

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