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pfavro | 10 May 2011 | 0 comments

What are the worst discovery nightmares for lawyers?  I am sure we could compile a lengthy list.  From my experience, one of the worst involves addressing documents that fall outside the mainstream of data management – so-called rogue documents.  Microsoft Personal Storage Table (“PST”) files are some of the worst culprits.  PST files often have a stealth existence because they are created and stored on local computers.  Furthermore, Legal and IT often have no information governance plan to address the retention, identification and production of these files.

A cautionary tale of what could happen when a company fails to take charge of its rogue PSTs is found in Nycomed U.S. Inc. v. Glenmark Generics Ltd. (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 11, 2010).  In Nycomed, the defendant was sanctioned for failing to preserve data.  In its findings, the court noted that some emails were unavailable because they had become corrupted...

pfavro | 03 May 2011 | 0 comments

Is your organization struggling to manage stockpiles of data?  Have you run out of storage space for your back-up tapes?  These are telltale signs that your organization needs to overhaul its approach to information governance.

The anchor for successful information governance is Symantec Enterprise Vault 10.  The latest version of Enterprise Vault will help organizations reduce data stockpiles, decrease operation expenses and minimize litigation risks.

Enterprise Vault 10 can help your organization do so though its Data Classification Services technology.  At its heart, Data Classification Services empowers organizations to establish more effective information governance procedures.  Companies are able to better analyze and retain information that is significant or that must be kept – and nothing else.

Available initially for Microsoft Exchange Server, Data Classification Services intelligently analyzes content as email is...

pfavro | 02 May 2011 | 0 comments

Is your company still placing too much trust in its workers to decide what documents the company should or should not keep?

Did you know that courts frequently fault organizations for delegating primary responsibility to their employees for data preservation and production? 

One such case from this year – Northington v. H&M International (N.D.Ill. Jan. 12, 2011) – involved a company that had no formal policy regarding the retention of company data.  Into this vacuum stepped operations-level employees – including some accused by the plaintiff of harassment – who were left with the task of managing, identifying and collecting their emails.  Predictably, key documents went missing and the court had little choice but to inform the jury that the company destroyed evidence.

Contrast the scenario in Northington with a company that “got” information governance.  In Viramontes v. U.S....