28 Aug 2014

Integrating Structured Data Into the E-Discovery Process

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By: Andrew Bartholomew

mastering-integration-doodadAs data volumes increase and become more complex, having an integrated e-discovery environment where systems and data sources are automatically synching information and exchanging data with e-discovery applications has become critical for organizations. This is true of unstructured and semi-structured data sources, such as email servers and content management systems, as well as structured data sources, like databases and data archives. The topic of systems integration will be discussed on Exterro’s E-Discovery Masters series webcast, “Optimizing E-Discovery in a Multi-Vendor Environment.” The webcast is CLE-accredited and will air on Thursday, September 4 at 1pm ET/10am PT. Learn more and register here.

I recently interviewed Jim FitzGerald, Sr. Director for Exterro, and Josh Alpern, VP ILM Domain Experts for Informatica, about the important and often overlooked role structured data plays during the course of e-discovery. Read more

27 Aug 2014

Latest Ruling Underscores Practical Use of Predictive Coding in E-Discovery

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E-Discovery Beat's Case Law ThursdaysBy: Andrew Bartholomew

When new cases emerge involving predictive coding e-discovery professionals understandably anticipate fireworks. The recent ruling in Bridgestone Americas v. International Business Machines, 2014 BL 217053, No. 3:13-cv-01196 (M. D. Tenn., 7/22/14), had all the makings of a classic predictive showdown: one party’s desire to apply predictive coding to a document set that wasn’t sufficiently winnowed down after keyword filtering.

Few e-discovery issues elicit more attention and debate than that of search methodologies, namely the debate over whether keyword searching should be replaced with more advanced methods, like predictive coding. Dozens of articles have been written on the subject and the topic appears on virtually every e-discovery conference agenda. Read more

21 Aug 2014

Video Case Study: Transforming the Legal Hold Process

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By: Andrew Bartholomew

upcoming-webcast-process-120x114During Exterro and Huron Legal’s recent webcast, “Transforming the E-Discovery Process,” attendees heard from members of AOL’s e-discovery team, who discussed how the organization recently revamped its e-discovery process. The webcast was part of Exterro’s E-Discovery Masters series and can be watched in its entirety here.

In the webcast excerpt below, Tara Jones, AOL’s lead paralegal for litigation, describes some of the legal hold challenges that AOL faced and how they were overcome by bringing in specialized technology.

The excerpt above comes from Exterro and Huron Legal’s recent webcast, “Transforming the E-Discovery Process.” To hear more from Tara Jones and her AOL colleagues on what the company plans to do moving forward to further streamline its e-discovery process, watch the full webcast recording here.

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20 Aug 2014

New Ruling Underscores Dangers Associated with Cloud Data in E-Discovery

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By: Andrew Bartholomew

case lawThe booming popularity of cloud computing has presented new e-discovery challenges for legal and IT teams. The countless cloud repositories and social media sites make it difficult to assess the size of the data and its content. Moreover, traditional collection technologies often can’t search, preserve and collect cloud data due to its technical complexities.

Besides the technical hurdles, there are legal ambiguities associated with cloud computing as well. Cloud data is stored and managed offsite by a third party, rather than under the physical control of the company producing the data. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(a) requires litigants to produce electronically stored information (ESI) that is in their “possession, custody, or control” and some argue that cloud data doesn’t always meet that definition.

A recent employment discrimination case serves to highlight some of the potential pitfalls of e-discovery involving cloud-based ESI. In Brown v. Tellermate Holdings, Ltd., (S.D. Ohio July 1, 2014), defendants were sanctioned for failing to produce ESI from a popular cloud-based application used for tracking sales activities (read the full ruling here). The Plaintiff’s in the case, two former Tellermate employees claimed that their termination was the result of age discrimination, not work performance. Read more

11 Aug 2014

E-Discovery Master Profile: Scott M. Giordano, Exterro

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By: Andrew Bartholomew

Scott Giordano with borderLast week we profiled Tara Jones, lead paralegal for Litigation at AOL, as part of our series of posts highlighting speakers from Exterro’s ongoing E-Discovery Masters webcast series. Today, we introduce you to Scott Giordano, Exterro’s corporate technology counsel and E-Discovery Masters series webcast moderator. The next webcast in the series, titled “Transforming the E-Discovery Process,” is taking place Wednesday, August 13th and will feature members of AOL’s e-discovery team, who will share how they’ve managed to improve the company’s e-discovery process. You can learn more and watch the webcast here.

Scott is one of the foremost thought leaders in the e-discovery software industry, sharing his e-discovery knowledge on frequent Exterro-hosted e-discovery webcasts, along with white papers, articles and guest blog posts. His latest white paper, “Significant E-Discovery Cases: Lessons Learned and Technology Considerations,” is available for download here.

We asked Scott a series of questions that shed light on his e-discovery background. Read more