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Responding Party Controls TAR Strategy

Normally I dig through the actual ruling language for new eDiscovery caselaw. In this case my former Symantec alumni has written a great summary of the contested discovery protocols. I refrained from quoting his closing four take-aways, but they are worth a read. What caught my interest here was the defendant’s original strategy to use its “Microsoft Tool” (I bet O365 Advanced eDiscovery) to [...]

By |2020-09-16T10:38:26-05:00September 16th, 2020|Caselaw, Analytics, News, Collection, Processing, Analysis, Review|0 Comments

Preserving the Context of Privileged Communications

The article is a long and rather scholarly coverage of the evolution of the communication privilege. It brings up a couple interesting issues for retention policies and classification systems. First is the need to retain the actual communication wrapper for legal work product to preserve privilege. The proliferation of online meetings, chat and collaboration channels are generally considered informal communications and not addressed by [...]

By |2020-09-14T12:41:08-05:00September 14th, 2020|Caselaw, Analytics, News, Privacy, Content Management, Review|0 Comments

Trust But Verify Includes Your Executives

Sanctions and adverse inference rulings are far too rare in my opinion. That is because far too often opposing productions are not scrutinized and compared against your own collections. Too few counsel run the metrics of key witnesses and wonder why their email counts suddenly dropped or vanished during the critical time frame. Lawyers should practice law and stay focused on evidence and merits [...]

By |2020-09-10T15:19:26-05:00September 10th, 2020|Caselaw, Compliance, News, Legal Holds|0 Comments

Other Shoe Drops on COVID-19 Employer Lawsuits

Despite early articles proclaiming a dearth of COVID-19 related lawsuits, the first waves have hit the courts. I was disappointed that a law firm article focused on recommendations that were outdated before it hit the digital presses instead of clear litigation preparedness guidelines. Back in July I outlined some better practices for corporate litigation defense preparations as businesses reopened. My point here is that [...]

By |2020-09-02T10:37:38-05:00September 2nd, 2020|Caselaw, United States, Preservation, News|0 Comments

Are You an ESI Hoarder? Discovery Lessons from the Big Tech Hearings

How long should you keep ad hoc internal communications? That is the question that bubbled up while listening to the four Big Tech CEO’s trying to explain a few of their 1.3 million emails and internal documents obtained by the House Antitrust Subcommittee's investigation that kicked off June 2019. The vast majority of those exhibits dated from 2010-2012 M&A strategy discussions. We have no [...]

Craig Ball’s Perfect Preservation Letter 2020

The above snippets are just two good examples of how preservation language and issues have evolved since Craig wrote his first exemplar preservation letter for the community back in 2006. I frequently review client preservation/record management policies, protocols and compliance practices to spot issues such as those called out above. I just wish that every plaintiff wrote their interrogatories and preservation demand letters in [...]

By |2020-07-27T13:49:27-05:00July 27th, 2020|Caselaw, Compliance, Preservation, News|0 Comments
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