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Matthew Nelson | 12 Apr 2013 | 4 comments

In Part One of “How Good is Your Predictive Coding Poker Face?” we shared video footage of Maura R. Grossman, Craig Ball, Ralph C. Losey and myself (Matthew Nelson) discussing similarities between predictive coding technology and the popular poker game ...

Matthew Nelson | 04 Apr 2013 | 4 comments

Predictive coding technology is a lot like the popular poker game Texas Hold ‘em. Both can be risky and expensive for players who don’t understand the fundamentals of the game. Good players understand what kind of information they need from their opponents in order to make informed decisions. Bad players, on the other hand, ignore important elements of the game like statistics that must be understood in order to avoid making big mistakes.

In January, Maura R. Grossman,...

pfavro | 29 Mar 2013 | 1 comment

One of the great questions that the legal profession and the eDiscovery cognoscenti are grappling with is how to best address the unreasonable costs and burdens associated with the discovery process. This is not a new phenomenon. While accentuated by the information explosion, the courts and rules makers have been struggling for years with a solution to this perpetual dilemma.

Proportionality As The Solution

Over the past three decades, the answer to this persistent problem has generally focused on emphasizing proportionality standards. Proportionality – requiring that the benefits...

AlliWalt | 19 Mar 2013 | 2 comments

On a recent trip to South Africa, where Symantec sponsored an event with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) entitled The Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Drives Information Governance, customers and partners shared important insights. One major concern the attendees had was how they will comply with the newly proposed privacy legislation set to pass any day now.

POPI is the first comprehensive body of law addressing privacy in the country. Personal data is defined as a natural person’s name, date of birth, national identification number, passport number, health or credit information and other personally identifiable...

pfavro | 07 Mar 2013 | 3 comments

At eDiscovery 2.0, we have consistently followed the reports that Gibson Dunn has released on the state of eDiscovery. This is for good reason given its reputation as an excellent source of information on the trends affecting individual organizations and the industry as a whole.

The recently released 2012 annual report is no different, except that the overall tone is more positive. Instead of spotlighting the continuing problem of sanctions, the report showcases...

Matthew Nelson | 26 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

The 7th Circuit Pilot Program sponsored an educational mock hearing and expert panel discussion in Chicago last May to tackle important issues related to the use of predictive coding technology. The long awaited video footage of the event is finally here and available for review courtesy of Symantec.

The event begins with U.S. Chief Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, James F. Holderman, welcoming a courtroom packed full of...

Matthew Nelson | 14 Feb 2013 | 4 comments

A federal judge for the Southern District of California rang in the month of February by ordering plaintiffs in a patent related case to pay a whopping $12 million in attorney fees. The award included more than $2.8 million in “computer assisted” review fees and to add insult to injury, the judge tacked on an additional $64,316.50 in Rule 11 sanctions against defendants’ local counsel. Plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal on February 13th, but regardless of the final outcome, the case is chock-full of important lessons about patent litigation, eDiscovery and the use of predictive coding technology.

The Lawsuit...

AlliWalt | 11 Feb 2013 | 1 comment

Q. On a daily basis I discuss the EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model) with customers, of course attributing credit to you two, and I find it is a very actionable and helpful paradigm to describe eDiscovery and Information Governance. Not too long ago, the EDRM was supplemented by the IGRM- can you explain the history of both? 

Tom: IGRM...

pfavro | 06 Feb 2013 | 3 comments

You have heard this one before. Changes to the Federal Rules are in the works that could alleviate the eDiscovery burdens of organizations. Greeting this news with skepticism would probably be justified. After all, many feel that the last set of amendments failed to meet the hype of streamlining the discovery process to make litigation costs more reasonable. Others, while not declaring the revised...

AlliWalt | 04 Feb 2013 | 2 comments

The following is my Q&A with Laura Zubulake, Author of Zubulake’s e-Discovery: The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice.

Q: Given your case began in 2003, and the state of information governance today, do you believe that adoption to has been too slow? Do you think organizations in 2013, ten years later, have come far enough in managing their information?

A: From a technology standpoint, the advancements have been significant. The IT industry has come a long way with regard to the tools available to conduct eDiscovery. Alternatively, surveys indicate a significant...