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Document Review Simplified - 9 Things Every Legal Team Should KnowPosted July 23, 2015
This post explains nine questions legal teams should answer prior to beginning document review to prepare for an efficient workflow. Many people understand what document review is and why it needs to be performed, but do they understand everything that should be considered prior to starting review? Based on my experience as a member of the Professional Consulting Group at D4, we have found that legal teams have varying degrees of understanding on what it takes to make document review...
To DeNIST or Not to DeNIST...That is the Question!Posted July 16, 2015
This post defines the NIST list, explains how the DeNIST process reduces data volumes, and shows DeNIST test results from Windows 7 and Windows XP systems. “Can’t you just DeNIST the data and get rid of all the junk files…?” This is a question I am asked often. It usually comes after an individual attends an eDiscovery conference and the magical phrase “DeNIST” was uttered at some point. The individual is led to believe, or rather wants to believe, it’s a supernatur...
How to Document Your Chain of Custody and Why It's ImportantPosted July 01, 2015
The collection process is the crux of any investigation, and the most important step in any collection is documentation. Proper documentation and the ability to validate the findings are essential when a matter goes to trial, especially when the duration of a case lasts for months or years. Evidence that was located during the beginning of a case may become critical later on. If the chain of custody and evidence was properly documented, it will be easier to locate the...
How to Determine if Your Evidence is Admissible in CourtPosted June 26, 2015
This post explains the various rules in the FRE, the FRCP, and state evidence laws as they relate to the admission of evidence.In the matter Griffin v. State, 2011 Maryland, the defendant Antoine “Boozy” Griffin was charged with murder. In the second trial (first was a mistrial), a witness claimed he was threatened by the defendant’s girlfriend. As evidence, the State submitted the girlfriend’s MySpace page. The girlfriend’s alleged page gave her hometown, birthday, and other personal informatio...
Need to Compare Testimony and Production Documents? Apply Analytics!Posted June 18, 2015
Apply analytics to find associations between testimony and discovery documents for a different perspective and to uncover additional relevant data.What if technology could suggest concepts in initial 30(b)(6) testimony that would be useful for follow-up depositions? What if it could find associations—and potential missed hot spots— between custodian testimony and discovery documents? What if it could identify new deponents who may be critical to the case by analyzing content of previous testimony, early discovery documents and production documents from...
D4 Appoints Michael Norris General Counsel and Senior Vice PresidentPosted June 17, 2015
The Former General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources at Sentry Group and Founding Partner of Ward Norris Heller & Reidy, is a Strategic Addition to the Leadership Team ROCHESTER, NY- June 17th, 2015 - D4, LLC , a national leader in eDiscovery managed services, litigation support, computer forensics and deposition solutions to law firms and corporations, today announced the appointment of Michael Norris to the position of general counsel and senior vice president - Human Resources. Norris will assume responsibility...
7 Steps to Manage the Size and Cost of Attorney ReviewPosted June 17, 2015
Reviewing everything in-house drives up costs and makes a firm less productive - follow these seven steps to properly manage the size and cost of review.Many of us in litigation and litigation support have spent years if not careers managing the costs and risks of discovery. The volume of ESI has grown at a staggering rate and so has the pace of litigation. The industry has responded in kind. Some gains have come from the use of increasingly sophisticated...
Near-Duplicate Detection Finds Documents No One Thought Could be FoundPosted June 11, 2015
Expert consultants (inexpensively) apply analytics to find documents that would not have been found though traditional review and client saves $134,955. Legal teams often come across important documents from third-party sources or other matters requiring a content comparison in order to identify similar or duplicate documents within their client’s ESI. In many cases the assumption is made that a comparison across datasets cannot be performed or, if there is a possible solution using analytics, it will be too expensive to im...
5 Discovery Analytics Workflows for Small CasesPosted June 02, 2015
This post depicts five analytics workflows that will reduce, or possibly even eliminate, document review in the typical case under 100,000 records. While it is true predictive coding and technology assisted review are better suited for cases with more than 100,000 document records, there is a common misperception that only large and very large cases can benefit from the application of analytics. There are a variety of tools and workflows that fall under the umbrella term “analytics.” These include, but are not limi...
Around the World in 8 Days: A Remote Collection Success StoryPosted May 27, 2015
200 desktops, 24 servers, 3 countries, and 15 days to collect all the data…Remote collection method prevents case from becoming an expensive ESI nightmare. The demand for remote ESI collections is rapidly increasing. For many situations, legal teams prefer this method over on-site data collections due to its convenience and the tremendous cost savings realized from not having to pay for the forensic consultant's travel costs. This is a case study about a client who needed to collect data from 200 desktops and 24 servers, lo...