Getting the Scoop on De-dupe

Created on August 7, 2012

De-duplication is a critical e-discovery process for reducing data volumes in advance of attorney review and reducing overall costs. Computer hashing has become the most common way to identify duplicate files. A computer hash is an encryption algorithm that generates a unique value to identify a particular computer file. Hashing serves two main purposes in e-discovery. First, it helps authenticate the data. Any changes to a document result in a changed hash value, thus exposing any attempts to manipulate potentially relevant evidence. Secondly, hashing is used for file identification. Since... Read More

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Present Real E-Discovery Challenges

Created on July 31, 2012

There are a lot of inherent complexities involved when one company acquires another. There are a whole host of economic concerns along with a number of regulatory hurdles that must be overcome. An equally vexing challenge involves the handling of electronically stored information (ESI). While M&A (mergers and acquisitions) is a broad term that describes a number of different business arrangements, a typical scenario involves one company purchasing another and taking over its business operations, which necessitates the migration of ESI and integration of at least some systems. In most... Read More

Adopting a Defensible Culling Strategy to Narrow the ESI Funnel

Created on July 24, 2012

Data culling may not be the flashiest of topics but it's an essential component to a defensible and efficient e-discovery process. One of the major challenges in e-discovery is that in most cases organizations simply don't know what electronically stored information (ESI) they have, let alone what they will ultimately need. It's common for legal teams to cast a wide preservation net to ensure potentially responsive ESI doesn't get deleted. However, costs begin to soar in the collection, processing and review stages if data sets aren't significantly purged of irrelevant material. Much has... Read More

Exterro Fusion® “Recommended” in new DCIG 2012 Early Case Assessment Buyer’s Guide

Created on July 19, 2012

Exterro Fusion® has been named as one of three leading software products ranked as “recommended" in the “DCIG 2012 Early Case Assessment Buyer's Guide" just released by analyst firms DCIG and the eDiscovery Solutions Group (eDSG). “The amount of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) that the world produces and stores on a daily basis is increasing at an accelerating rate," said Charles Skamser, president and CEO of eDSG, in an announcement posted on the DCIG website. According to Skamser, the “increase in data has made ECA Software an important asset to any organization routinely... Read More

Social Media in E-Discovery: Public or Private Information?

Created on July 12, 2012

Director of Marketing Programs

Social media acts as a double-edged sword for e-discovery. On one side, legal teams tend to struggle with identifying the appropriate legal standards when social media content is deemed private by the courts, making it difficult to protect or prevent exposing harmful information. On the other, social media has become an alternative avenue to investigate claims and find case breaking information. As discussed in a previous post, Discovering Social Media: No Place for Privacy, deleting once-public social media posts after the duty to preserve has been triggered is considered spoliation. But... Read More

Experts Spell Out E-Discovery Challenges in the Healthcare Industry

Created on July 3, 2012

Beyond the passage of “Obamacare" and last week's historic Supreme Court decision, the healthcare industry has experienced unprecedented change in recent years, resulting from a host of new regulations, technology advancements and an accelerated move from paper to electronic medical records. These developments have not only impacted the way people receive and administer care, they've also contributed a bevy of new e-discovery challenges. The topic was covered on a recent Exterro webcast “Healthcare's E-Discovery 9-1-1 Call: Preventing another e-discovery heart attack." Presenters Joshua... Read More

“Defensible E-Discovery”: What does the phrase really mean?

Created on June 28, 2012

Director of Marketing Programs

Corporate internal legal teams can learn a few things from the movie Fight Club. Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt), one of the main characters in the movie, creates and maintains a simple and clear overarching rule governing the club he creates: The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Even though the movie Fight Club may be fictional, legal teams should channel Tyler's focus and clarity to their e-discovery practices. Instead of thinking about the many intricacies of e-discovery,... Read More