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Slash Risk by Saying Goodbye to Manual Legal Holds

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The right automation software can help you avoid spoliation sanctions, improve your audit trails, and boost ROI - We all know that ediscovery can be expensive. But while we usually think of review as the most expensive...more

Harness the Power of Search in E-Discovery

by Exterro, Inc. on

During a recent webinar entitled, In-Place Preservation: Locking Down Data Without Collecting It, Bobbi Basile, Managing Director of HBR Consulting, defined in-place preservation as, “a means to efficiently lock down the data...more

6 Tips to Bridge the Gap between IT and Legal: An Interview with an E-Discovery Professional

by Exterro, Inc. on

Successful e-discovery projects depend on collaboration between two departments: Legal and IT. Sometimes the two departments collaborate seamlessly, but often there are difficulties. These trouble spots may arise from...more

What’s the Return on Investment for Automated Legal Hold Software?

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Learn the rewards of streamlining your legal hold process - If you’re still managing legal holds with an archaic conglomeration of spreadsheets, emails, and duct tape, you can do better. Today’s automated, cloud-based...more

Evidence in the electronic age: the rise of the Sedona Canada Principles

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The world is moving from print toward electronically stored information (ESI), and the legal profession is no exception. Since ESI is discoverable, lawyers must understand the effects ESI can have on their discovery process....more

Electronic Discovery Without Borders: Your Passport to Managing Multilanguage ESI

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Although litigators today benefit from advanced technology to research and organize their cases, the evolution of electronic data and the internationalization of business are adding new complications that require...more

An Employer’s Guide to Litigation Holds

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Employers have a duty to preserve information that is potentially relevant to anticipated or existing litigation and failure to comply with that duty can have dire consequences. As such, issuing a litigation hold should be at...more

Managing E-Discovery Program Change: An Interview with an E-Discovery Professional

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It’s been said that legal professionals are slow to change. That may be the case for some, but it’s certainly not the case for Alayne Russom, Business Ethics and Legal Support Manager for Thrivent Financial. In 2015, she took...more

‘Lackadaisical’ Preservation Spurs Monetary Sanctions

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Hefter Impact Techs., LLC v. Sport Maska, Inc., No. 15-13290-FDS (D. Mass. Aug. 3, 2017). In this contract dispute, the court partially granted the plaintiff’s motion for sanctions, ordering the defendant to pay the costs...more

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policies and Best Practices

Some of us may remember a time when companies were not as concerned about where their information was maintained, as most of it was kept in some form or fashion in file cabinets or individual desks, or perhaps stored offsite...more

Litigation Hold Notices Should Not Cloak The Recipient With Discretion Over What Documents To Preserve

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In past blogs, I have discussed the importance of issuing a litigation hold notice (“Hold”), as soon as a litigation is reasonably anticipated. I have also written about various best practices when drafting one’s Hold. [See...more

Negligence in Preserving ESI Warrants Monetary Sanctions

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N.M. Oncology & Hematology Consultants v. Presbyterian Healthcare Servs., No. 1:12-cv-00526 (D.N.M. Aug. 16, 2017). Because the defendant was merely negligent in producing discoverable information, the magistrate judge...more

Intentional Data Destruction Gets Default Judgment in OmniGen Research v. Wang

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OmniGen Research v. Wang, No. 6:16-cv-00268-MC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78107 (D. Or. May 23, 2017). Relying on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and its inherent authority, a court recently imposed the extraordinary remedy...more

Court Grants Lesser Sanctions Against Defendant for Various Discovery Issues: eDiscovery Case Law

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In New Mexico Oncology v. Presbyterian Healthcare Servs. No. 1:12-cv-00526 MV/GBW (D.N.M. Aug. 16, 2017), New Mexico Magistrate Judge Gregory B. Wormuth, detailing numerous defendant discovery deficiencies alleged by the...more

Is the single end-to-end e-discovery platform a unicorn? Not according to this legal team!

by Exterro, Inc. on

In the e-discovery world, common knowledge says that a true end-to-end in-house process/single software solution doesn’t exist. But Linda Luperchio, Director of Information Lifecycle Governance and E-Discovery at Hanover,...more

New Report from The Aberdeen Group Cites Lack of Advanced Technologies, Offers Recommendations: eDiscovery Trends

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While recovering from ILTACON and Vegas, I found an interesting report with some interesting statistics and observations from The Aberdeen Group about how many organizations are handling eDiscovery and what they could be...more

Genpact Avoids Sanctions with Timely Legal Holds and ESI Search

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Court Denies Additional Search for Information Based Only on Speculation in Mirmina v. Genpact LLC, No. 3:16CV00614 (AWT), 2017 BL 260425 (D. Conn. July 27, 2017). In this employment discrimination case, the court denied...more

When Litigation Hits, The First 7 to 10 Days is Critical: eDiscovery Replay

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...When a case is filed, several activities must be completed within a short period of time (often as soon as the first seven to ten days after filing) to enable you to assess the scope of the case, where the key...more

Fundamentals of Document and ESI Discovery

by Knobbe Martens on

Preserving Evidence: •“The duty to preserve evidence begins when litigation is ‘pending or reasonably foreseeable.’” Micron Tech., Inc. v. Rambus, Inc., 645 F.3d 1311, 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2011) •“It is, of course, not...more

Are the Bad Old Days of Blind Stonewalling in Discovery Finally Coming to a Close?

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When I started as a litigator in 2001, a technique I call “blind stonewalling” ruled discovery practice everywhere from BigLaw to the smallest boutiques. But the slow evolution of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP),...more

The Challenge of Releasing Legal Holds and Disposing of ESI

by Exterro, Inc. on

On paper, releasing a legal hold seems fairly straightforward. A matter reaches a resolution, preservation obligations are lifted, the legal team informs custodians and data stewards that they are no longer required to retain...more

Failure to Prove ‘Intent to Deprive’ Web Browser History Robs Plaintiff of Sanctions

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Eshelman v. Puma Biotech., Inc., No. 7:16-CV-18-D, 2017 WL 2483800 (E.D.N.C. June 7, 2017). In this defamation case, the court denied a jury instruction for spoliation where the plaintiff failed to prove that the defendant...more

Use of Text Messaging Should Change the Nature of Evidence Gathering in Internal Investigations

It doesn’t take a millennial to know that these days not all pertinent business-related communications are to be found on corporate e-mail servers. As we have increasingly seen in recent internal investigations, the most...more

California Ordered to Immediately Pay Attorneys’ Fees in ‘Targate’ Case

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United States v. HVI Cat Canyon, Inc., No. 2:11-cv-05097-FMO (PLAx) (C.D. Cal. Apr. 20, 2017). In this case, a plaintiff’s failure to properly issue and confirm legal holds led to the spoliation of evidence and...more

Should Failing to Issue a Litigation Hold Be Considered Intent to Deprive?: eDiscovery Best Practices

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A lot has been discussed about the most recent changes to the Federal Rules, especially with regard to Rule 37(e) and the requirement of the intent to deprive standard to apply more serious sanctions. But, what activities...more

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