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Attorneys Switching Sides During Litigation Sometimes Allowed… at least in the First Department!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Notwithstanding general public opinion of attorney ethics, most people (including attorneys) believe that an attorney cannot dump a client in the middle of litigation to represent the other side. However, attorneys in the...more

Charges By Law Firm-Owned Vendors Challenged In Putative Client Class

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs signed engagement letters with the law firm Finkelstein & Partners (the “law firm”) to represent them in two separate personal injury lawsuits on a contingency basis. ...more

Forum Selection Clause in an Unsigned Pre-Petition Engagement Letter is Binding on Chapter 11 Trustee.

Every lawyer knows that it is important to enter into a signed engagement letter with a client before commencing legal representation. But, as one law firm recently discovered, even an unsigned engagement letter is better...more

7 Handy Tips for Scheduling a Deposition

by Planet Depos, LLC on

The process of scheduling a deposition can have several moving pieces, from counsel’s and the witness’s schedule to arranging for a court reporter, videographer, and/or interpreter. And then there’s finding an appropriate...more

[Webinar] Murphy’s eDiscovery Law – How to Keep What Could Go Wrong From Going Wrong - December 1st, 12:00pm CT

by CloudNine on

As data complexity, discovery costs, and regulatory challenges increase in volume and impact, the pulse rate of publicly highlighted eDiscovery mistakes continues to build. While these mistakes are unfortunate for those who...more

FRE 902 Amendments Go Live in Celebration of E-Discovery Day

by Exterro, Inc. on

Whether or not they intended to give us all an E-Discovery Day gift or not, the federal court system has done just that. Adopted by the Supreme Court earlier this year, Federal Rules of Evidence provisions (13) and (14) will...more

10 Steps to Navigate the Labyrinth of E-Discovery for Small to Mid-Size Firms

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The practice of exchanging discovery in federal litigation has ballooned to its own cottage industry within the practice of law. Many law firms tout expertise in the practice “Electronic Discovery Law.” Heady conferences...more

Georgetown E-Discovery Conference Recap: A “Must Attend” E-Discovery Educational Event

by Exterro, Inc. on

Are you looking to be educated by the best and brightest in e-discovery? Are you tired of conference sessions masked as educational but end up being vendor pitches in disguise? Do you want to learn beyond the theoretical? Are...more

Where Do You Start? Perhaps by Seeing What Other People Think: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

Earlier this week, Rob Robinson asked the question “Where Do I Start?” on his excellent Complex Discovery blog when discussing the most significant challenges for those seeking and sourcing eDiscovery software and...more

The Pros and Cons to Camera Placements

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Video depositions can be beneficial to your case, as they can show the witness’s facial expressions, body language, changes in the inflection of the witness’s tone of voice and pauses before answering. To ensure the best...more

Japanese Deposition Update: Travel Fees

by Planet Depos, LLC on

As many attorneys in the field know, the world of international law is constantly changing. Standards and practices recently adhered to may not be the norm today, as foreign jurisdictions frequently update their procedures...more

Current Class-Action Issues

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Though the Supreme Court has declined to address ascertainability this term (for now), it has granted petitions to resolve two other class-action issues....more

Not So Fast: Limits of "Settlement Negotiation" Protections

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Think Twice Before Assuming Your "Settlement Negotiations" May Not Be Used Against You - Most people who are involved in resolving disputes or negotiating deals for their businesses have seen documents labeled...more

Is the eDiscovery Market Growing or Shrinking? Or Maybe SHIFTING?: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

If you look at the number of eDiscovery companies that have been merged or acquired over the past couple of years, you might think that the market is shrinking. On the other hand, if you look at the number of venture capital...more

New Findings: In-House Legal Teams are Focusing on “Control” to Meet Evolving E-Discovery Requirements

by Exterro, Inc. on

According to EDRM Duke Law, Exterro and BDO Consulting’s new 2017 In-House Benchmarking Report, in-house legal departments have continued to move more outsourced legal services in-house in hopes of gaining the kind of control...more

5 Considerations when Choosing an Audio Transcription Provider

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Though it may seem like a simple process, there are several questions you should ask before hiring a transcriptionist to turn your audio file, whether it is a recorded hearing, meeting, or phone conversation, into a certified...more

[Webinar]: On Premise or Off Premise? A Look At Security Approaches to eDiscovery - November 15th, 12:00pm CT

by CloudNine on

Many say that the cloud is revolutionizing eDiscovery as we know it, while others still prefer the control of the on-premise eDiscovery solutions they’re used to using. So, what factors should you consider when selecting your...more

Why E-Discovery Still Hasn’t Changed that Much in 5 years

by Exterro, Inc. on

The continued explosion of data! Additional, new and scary data types! New FRCP e-discovery amendments! You would think with all these new revelations e-discovery would have changed a lot in the past 5 years, right?...more

4 Tips to Avoid Costly Visa Headaches

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Travel abroad is an exciting venture that conjures up all kinds of exotic images, whether they consist of swaying palm trees, bell towers soaring above breathtaking cathedrals, or mist-laden fields of heather dotted with...more

Becoming the Focal Point: Using E-Discovery Process and Technology to Bring Value to Business Units and Upper Management

by Exterro, Inc. on

Tom Mullane is a veteran in the e-discovery industry, currently working as the E-Discovery Process Manager at United Technologies Corporation. UTC is a global company with various business units, a quarter of a million...more

You v. The Mic: Mitigating Microphone Mistakes

by Planet Depos, LLC on

It’s the middle of your depo, and you pull your mic off, creating a loud sound on the record. You take a quick glance to the left and see the videographer giving you a stern look. You’re embarrassed, but don’t worry — this...more

Clear Notice of Alteration of the Attorney-Client Relationship

by Wilson Elser on

In Thomas Cesso v. Gary Owen Todd, Massachusetts Appeals Court 16-9-76 (August 28, 2017), the Massachusetts Appeals Court held that filing a notice of withdrawal does not necessarily terminate the attorney-client...more

Avoiding Glittering Generalities in Selecting eDiscovery Software – Considering Cost: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

...Budgetary constraints are a common hurdle for law firms and legal departments seeking to address the legal, technological, and business elements of eDiscovery. This economic constraint is compounded by the lack of...more

4 Useful Tips for Interpretation Preparation

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Interpreting highly technical depositions is a grueling task, both mentally and physically exhausting for even the most seasoned interpreter. The best interpreters want to prepare well in advance for such depositions, to...more

Avoiding Glittering Generalities in Selecting eDiscovery Software – Considering Complexity: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

...The ability of eDiscovery software to deal with data complexity such as being able to ingest and process an increasing number of data formats is one of the most important challenges faced by eDiscovery professionals today....more

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