New Dispatches from the Internet of Things Frontier

www.atempletonphoto.com An update on the intersections between the Internet of Things and the legal industry Since at least 2014, eDiscovery practitioners have watched warily as more and more devices have been rendered “smart,” fearing the implications of these innumerable, ephemeral data streams as discovery sources.  Although the feared deluge has not fully arrived yet, Internet of Things issues are cropping up in the legal industry with increasing frequency.  This update provides a brief review of the topic and of three recent … Continue reading

The Value of Mastery

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Thoughts from a newly-designated Relativity Master on the benefits – for both practitioners and those they support – of ongoing technology training efforts, of platform certifications, and of the new Relativity Master designation  Guest Post By Hytham Aly, Relativity Master and Hosting Project Manager, Advanced Discovery As of the time of this writing, kCura says there are about 150,000 active Relativity users worldwide and only 34 of them have been designated Relativity Masters (or, about .0002% of total active users), despite kCura having … Continue reading

Advanced Discovery Announces Three Additional Company Experts Achieve Relativity Master Designation

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Company Now Has Six Experts Who Have Achieved the Relativity Master Designation, More Than Any Other Relativity Partner AUSTIN, TX and LONDON, UK — (February 14, 2017) — Advanced Discovery and its global family of companies announced today that three additional experts have been awarded the Relativity Master designation by kCura, bringing the organization’s total number of Relativity Masters to six. The company now accounts for approximately 18 percent of the current total of Relativity Master designations worldwide – more … Continue reading

Finding Intent Under Amended Rule 37(e)

www.atempletonphoto.com A review of the first year of cases under the amended spoliation sanctions rule reveals simpler analyses from judges and some relief from severe sanctions for litigants, but new ambiguities create uncertainty about reasonable steps, demonstrating intent, and inherent authority In the first Part of this series, we reviewed the December 2015 amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) and the issues that amendment was intended to address.  In the second Part, we reviewed orders discussing “reasonable steps” to … Continue reading

Live Webinar: Relativity Masters on Avoiding TAR Pitfalls

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Avoiding Common Technology-Assisted Review Pitfalls Guidance for US & UK Practitioners from Relativity Masters Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST Reserve your seat for this free program now. Across the industry, eDiscovery projects continue to grow in size.  But, despite the corresponding increases in review time and cost, the adoption of technology-assisted review remains slow.  Why? In large part, it’s because the novelty of the technology and the learning curve associated with it leave many practitioners feeling … Continue reading

January 2017 Industry News Round-Up

www.atempletonphoto.com A monthly round-up of key industry news, useful publications, new cases, and other resources Each month we collect the most important news and most useful resources we’ve found and share them here to help you separate the signal from the noise.  January 2017 was kicked off with a strong signal from Ralph Losey and his team, who compiled a 30,000+ word commentary on the 22 eDiscovery opinions from 2016 they deemed most interesting, a valuable resource which they have made … Continue reading

Reasonable Steps Under Amended Rule 37(e)

www.atempletonphoto.com A review of the first year of cases under the amended spoliation sanctions rule reveals simpler analyses from judges and some relief from severe sanctions for litigants, but new ambiguities create uncertainty about reasonable steps, demonstrating intent, and inherent authority In the first Part of this series, we reviewed the December 2015 amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) and the issues that amendment was intended to address.  In this Part, we turn our attention to the topic of … Continue reading

New Duke EDRM Hits the Ground with Ambitious Standards Project

Tom O'Connor One of the biggest challenges for Advanced Discovery – and for the eDiscovery industry overall – is the lack of a commonly accepted standard for Technology-Assisted Review (TAR).  Without a common benchmark, questions remain concerning which TAR product to use, when to use it, and then how to incorporate the results into a production acceptable to opposing counsel or to a government agency.  Judge Andrew Peck in his Order and Decision last year in the Hyles matter summarized our present … Continue reading

Automating Quality Control: Illustrating Business Intelligence in Action

www.atempletonphoto.com A discussion of applying business intelligence concepts to eDiscovery project and program management to extract knowledge and value from discovery project data for the benefit of individual projects, overall programs, and your whole organization 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 eDiscovery project.  In the second Part, we reviewed the various sub-categories of metrics that could be tracked across eDiscovery projects and … Continue reading

Capability Maturity and Continuous Improvement

www.atempletonphoto.com A discussion of applying business intelligence concepts to eDiscovery project and program management to extract knowledge and value from discovery project data for the benefit of individual projects, overall programs, and your whole organization 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 eDiscovery project.  In the second Part, we reviewed the various sub-categories of metrics that could be tracked across eDiscovery projects and … Continue reading