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eDiscovery Procedures Must be a Skillset Possessed by all Attorneys – The Details Matter

  For reasons I don’t quite understand, eDiscovery is still scary to many lawyers.  After years of working with a variety of attorneys across the country, I believe that the core reason is that eDiscovery seems to consist of complex technology that is outside the area of comfort for many attorneys.  But the reality of […]

eDiscovery Trends That Will Likely Impact Corporate Counsel in 2017 – You Need to be In-The-Know

Corporate Counsel need to be more involved in all facets of litigation involving their enterprise.  It is no longer enough to hire outside counsel and assume that they will take care of all your litigation needs.  With the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) in 2016, there are major changes that […]

Early Planning of eDiscovery Data Gathering – Technology Improves Efficiency and Case Knowledge

  Technology is just another tool to be used by lawyers.  But it is an extremely important and valuable tool when joined with People and Processes to form a cohesive strategy.  People, Processes and Technology are all equal players in eDiscovery.  Like all other tools however, technology must be deployed in a timely manner and […]

Email Threading is an Effective Pre-Review Analytic Tool to Improve Early Case Assessment

Introduction Early Case Assessment has come back to the forefront of eDiscovery.  For a number of years, people focused solely on speeding up the document review process and forgot about the importance of culling data to reduce the volume of material that needs to be reviewed.  Given the rapidly increasing volume of ESI, the demand […]

Database Sampling Can Accelerate eDiscovery Knowledge

      Intro Mathematical sampling is a very strong tool to gain a solid representational understanding of a large set of documents.  (This is not to be confused with Predictive Coding which will be covered in a future Blog).  While it sounds advanced and can be difficult to deploy correctly, it can easily assist […]

Non-Linear Workflow Improves eDiscovery Processes

Litigation is not linear, it is messy and often backtracks on itself several times as knowledge increases and evidence is gathered at different stages from investigation through deposition and planning a trial strategy.  It is rare that the knowledge that exists at the beginning of a case is the final information that you need at […]

eDiscovery: How Using Unique Similarity Search Finds Key Documents with Laser Like Accuracy

The Issue The overall goal of every eDiscovery software tool is to find the documents that will prove the case that you are promoting in the least amount of time.  Best practices indicate that this requires grouping similar documents using whatever tools are available in the platform being used.  Most products attempt to do this […]

Themes are More Effective Than Keywords in Reducing Data During Early Case Assessment

The Issue A repeated problem in eDiscovery is determining the best method to reduce the volume of documents that must be reviewed by humans.  Tools like predictive coding and advanced search technology are two that are most often cited as effective ways to put documents into two separate piles: potentially relevant and not relevant.  However, […]

Complete, Customizable One Pass Processing on eDiscovery Data Eliminates Re-Processing

The Issue Processing data in eDiscovery is one of the most fundamental and important steps in preparing Electronically Stored Information for review by a legal team.  Since it is such a fundamental requirement of eDiscovery, most people assume that “processing is processing”, it is very generic and they don’t pay attention to how much and […]

Using eDiscovery Software with Interactive Data Exception Reports Improves Accuracy and Efficiency.

  The Issue Data exception reports that result from incomplete processing are a core requirement of any eDiscovery data processing system.  No system can successfully process every file that has been gathered.  Among the top reasons for processing failure include:  unsupported file types, password protected files, unknown file types, files without text (such as pictures, […]