Thought Leader Interview Part Three with David Greetham of Ricoh USA: eDiscovery Trends and Best Practices

I recently interviewed David Greetham, Information Governance and eDiscovery business unit leader at Ricoh USA, Inc.  We covered so much with regard to eDiscovery trends that we couldn’t fit it all in a single blog post.  Part One of my interview was published Monday, part two was published Wednesday, here is part three with David Greetham, the conclusion of our interview.

Three Use Cases of AI and Machine Learning Technology You Should Know: Legal Technology Best Practices

This week’s blog post for IPRO’s blog is three use cases of AI and machine learning technology that you may not know but should know.  Even though we’re far from achieving critical mass in the legal profession when it comes to the use of predictive coding technologies, the use of predictive coding for document review to support discovery is certainly the most common use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies.  By far.

Not Quite Asimov’s 3 Laws (But We’re Getting There): New Proposed Artificial Intelligence Act from the European Commission

In Isaac Asimov’s 1950 story collection, I, Robot, he establishes the Three Laws of Robotics for a fictional version of Earth in the mid-21st century. These laws were created so that interactions between robots and humans wouldn’t lead to harm.  The European Commission didn’t quite go to Asimov’s level, but they did recently propose a new Artificial Intelligence Act to propose the first ever legal framework on AI.

You Know the Term Artificial Intelligence. But Do You Know What Augmented Intelligence Is?: Legal Technology Best Practices

Let’s face it, you’ve all heard the term “artificial intelligence” or “AI”.  I read a couple of years ago that it’s the single most overused term in technology.  And we’re seeing AI everywhere in our daily lives and more and more in legal technology.  But are you familiar with the term “augmented intelligence”?  You’re seeing that too, you just don’t realize it.

IPRO Expands Programming for 2021 Tech Show to Showcase Transformation in eDiscovery and IG

Here’s a great sign that we’re moving back to normal – announcement of in-person events!  IPRO‘s 2021 Tech Show event will be in-person – in San Diego, no less!  With a capped audience of course.  The full text of their press release announcing this year’s event is below, which includes links for more information, a preliminary agenda and FAQ!

eDiscovery Today Announces Educational Partnership with Forensic Discovery

HOUSTON, TX and DENVER, CO, May 5, 2021 – Doug Austin’s eDiscovery Today blog, the only daily blog for electronic discovery, cybersecurity and data privacy trends, best practices and case law is pleased to announce an Educational Partnership with Forensic Discovery, a leader in digital forensics and eDiscovery services.

Court Grants Plaintiff’s Discovery Request for Personal Emails of Defendant CEO: eDiscovery Case Law

In Tradeshift, Inc. v. Buyerquest, Inc., California Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson denied the defendant’s motion to quash a subpoena that the plaintiff served on Google for dates of personal communications between the defendant CEO and a client at the heart of a breach of contract case and granted the plaintiff’s motion to compel the defendant to conduct a discovery request for personal emails of the CEO, to be conducted by defendant’s counsel.

Twenty-One Key Concepts for ESI and So Much More: eDiscovery Best Practices

The latest post in Craig Ball’s excellent Ball in Your Court blog is perhaps one of the longest ones he’s published, and for good reason.  It’s a comprehensive look at all of the topics the students in his E-Discovery and Digital Evidence course at the University of Texas School of Law need to study to prepare for the Final Exam.  It’s a laundry list of topics an eDiscovery professional needs to know and his Appendix on Twenty-One Key Concepts for Electronically Stored Information is so excellent, I just have to cover it again here.

Reported Hack “Signals” Potential Security Flaws in Cellebrite: Cybersecurity Trends

If you deal with forensic mobile device collection for eDiscovery, you’re probably aware of the company Cellebrite – their software is probably the most popular for unlocking mobile devices and extracting data from them.  To do so, Cellebrite has been very successful in exploiting vulnerabilities overlooked by device manufacturers.  Now, according to the CEO of a popular messaging app, there may be a number of potential security flaws in Cellebrite itself.

Craig Ball Discusses Lawyers Zooming into Technical Proficiency in One Area at Least: eDiscovery Best Practices

See what I did there?  😉  Necessity is the mother of invention is a famous proverb (attributed to Plato by some), but perhaps necessity is also the father of progress.  In his latest blog post on his excellent Ball in Your Court blog, Craig Ball discusses lawyers and legal professionals zooming into technical proficiency with Zoom and other collaboration tools once the pandemic began!

Gartner’s Guide on How to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks: Cybersecurity Trends

Remember last year when most of us began working remotely full time (at least those who weren’t already doing so)?  How could you forget, right?  When that happened, the total number of global ransomware reports increased by 715.08 percent for the first half of 2020 (compared to the same period in 2019)!  Needless to say, understanding how to prepare for ransomware attacks has become critically important to organizations, and this guide from Gartner provides some recommendations and best practices for doing so.  And you can get the guide FREE, courtesy of HaystackID!

For Newbies Part II, Here Are Some Rules You Need to Know, Part I: eDiscovery Best Practices

Confused?  I’ll explain below.  Last month, in response to several people reaching out to me via LinkedIn, I published a “for newbies” post to identify available resources for newbies to better understand the “ins and outs” of eDiscovery.  A lot of people reacted positively to it, which was very gratifying.  I promised a part two on the rules (“soon” I said: not as soon as intended, but I tried!), so here are some rules you need to know!

Court Directs Plaintiff to Produce Data from Deactivated Facebook Account: eDiscovery Case Law

In Brown v. SSA Atlantic, LLC, Georgia Magistrate Judge Christopher L. Ray granted in part and denied in part the defendant’s motion for spoliation sanctions against the plaintiff for his deactivated Facebook account and failing to disclose others, ordering the plaintiff to produce data from his Facebook account(s) and also directing the plaintiff and his attorney to show cause why sanctions should not be imposed, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure’s 26(g) certification requirements.

Court Issues Default Judgment Sanction Against Defendants for Violations in Opioid Litigation: eDiscovery Case Law

In Staubus, et al v. Purdue Pharm, et al., Tennessee Circuit Court Chancellor E. G. Moody granted a default judgment sanction in the plaintiffs’ favor on liability, in addition to other sanctions, and reserved issuing a final judgment pending a damages trial for the Endo defendants’ numerous eDiscovery and litigation violations.

It’s 4/20! Time to Party!

See what I did there?  Why is the fact that it’s 4/20 mean it’s time to party? Because eDiscovery Today is one year old today!  What did you think I meant?  😉

Here’s a Webcast That Shows You How to Optimize Public Comment Management in Environmental Impact Projects: eDiscovery Webcasts

Managing public comment responses for environmental impact projects, rule changes, and permit applications requires the latest technology with comprehensive workflows to meet strict deadlines and detailed reporting.  Here’s a webcast on Wednesday that will show you how to optimize public comment management in environmental impact projects!

People Affected by Data Breaches Are Up 564 Percent in One Quarter: Cybersecurity Trends

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center®, publicly-reported U.S. data compromises in Q1 2021 were up 12 percent (to 363) from Q4 2020. No big deal, right?  But the number of individuals impacted is up 564 percent (51 million in Q1 2021 versus eight million in Q4 2020). That’s a huge jump and a lot of people affected by data breaches!

Here’s a Virtual Event Discussing “What is Proportional Discovery?” From the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School: eDiscovery Events

There were 889 case law decisions involving proportionality disputes in 2020, which is even more than sanctions disputes last year!  And this is the second time I’ve told you that this week.  So, what better way to find out what is proportional discovery than to get a judges’ and discovery practitioners’ perspective on it – especially when they have drafted new Proportionality Guidelines and Best Practices!  This CLE-approved* virtual event next week from the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School will provide that and more!

HaystackID™ Named a Representative Vendor in the 2021 Gartner Market Guide for E-Discovery Solutions

WASHINGTON – April 14, 2021—HaystackID™ is proud to announce its positioning in the Gartner Market Guide for E-Discovery Solutions, an annual report published by leading research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. Authored by industry analyst Michael Hoeck, the report provides information technology leaders and legal counsel with considerations for the evaluation and selection of eDiscovery solutions.

Court Resolves Dispute Over Defendant’s 30(b)(6) Witness Deposition: eDiscovery Case Law

In Bierk v. Tango Mobile, LLC, et al., Illinois Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole resolved the dispute over defendant’s 30(b)(6) witness deposition by allowing the plaintiff two hours of additional deposition time with the defendant’s witness, with both counsel ordered to “have whatever documents are necessary available in order that the topics may be addressed without further glitches”.  Noting that “neither side followed the procedures they were instructed to follow multiple times”, Judge Cole awarded no fees and stated that “each side shall bear its own fees and costs”.

Rest in Peace, Robert Childress

I was saddened this morning to find out that Robert Childress, the Founder of The Masters Conference and a colleague and friend of many in the legal and eDiscovery communities passed away yesterday, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The Spring 2021 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey May Indicate That the COVID-19 Effect on eDiscovery is Over: eDiscovery Trends

So, that’s why they call it “spring”! It’s time for the Spring 2021 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey, published (as always) on Rob Robinson’s terrific Complex Discovery site.  Has the confidence of individuals working in the eDiscovery ecosystem in the business of eDiscovery continued to rebound from the COVID-19 doldrums that have influenced survey results recently?  You tell me!


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