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Could the Amazon Echo be a New Source of ESI?
This article was originally published on the Daily Record. One of the coolest gadgets that made it down my chimney this Christmas was the Amazon Echo. You’re not familiar with the Echo? The Echo is billed as a personal digital assistant. Basically it’s a Bluetooth enabled speaker that...
Predictive Coding vs. Search Terms: Who Determines the Method of Review?
This blog was originally published on The Daily Record. Two recent cases in two different courts dealt with the issue of technology assisted review (“TAR”) and its use in discovery. At issue in each case was the plaintiffs desire for defendants to use TAR instead of relying on search terms to i...
How to Handle Salesforce ESI Discovery Requests
Did you just a get a request to preserve ESI in Salesforce (“SFDC”) and you’re wondering what to do? Do you call Salesforce and ask them to preserve and send a copy of your information? Would you call Mark Zuckerberg if you had to preserve Facebook posts? T...
Who Determines eDiscovery Requirements for ESI Production?
Can a party choose to decide that it has produced enough relevant ESI? Can it simply say enough is enough? Not according to one court in the Northern District of California despite claims by Defendant that it had complied with its discovery obligations. An opinion dated October 28, 2016, in the...
Having a Solid Litigation Response Plan May Prevent Sanctions
This article was originally published on The Daily Record. When does the destruction of email messages of a named plaintiff by the defendant’s IT department lead to sanctions? Apparently not in the matter of Auffarth v. Herald Natl. Bank (Supreme Court of New York, New York County), where th...
Is DIY Discovery Upon Us? [Interview with Ipro CEO]
This article was originally published on The Daily Record. Recently, a number of eDiscovery software companies have been touting DIY and Software as a Service (SaaS) as an alternative to the traditional methods used to prepare ESI for review and production. Currently, law firms and corporations will process ESI in-house or...
How to Handle Metadata with Care and Avoid Spoliation Sanctions
When it’s absolutely necessary to preserve metadata, and I assume if you are reading this it most likely is, then one should take care. We have shown that moving a file, emailing a file and even opening a file has the potential to change both File System and Application le...
eDiscovery Update: In Favor of Custodian Interviews and Other Low-Tech Approaches
This article was originally published on The Daily Record. “Do you want me to scramble this one like the others?” That’s a line from a deleted email I read while conducting a forensic examination a number of years ago. The email was addressed to a manager and sent by one of...
eDiscovery Update: FBI vs. Apple – Thinking Outside the Phone
This post was originally published on The Daily Record. This post explains the privacy controversy between Apple and the FBI and explains Apple’s encryption software and alternative methods to retrieve ESI. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks you’ve likely heard about the...
3 Unexpected Challenges with Bringing eDiscovery In-House
This post explains three unforeseen challenges with bringing eDiscovery in-house such as hidden costs, supporting the software, and difficulty of implementation.There is little debate that eDiscovery can be a daunting and expensive endeavor. Even small matters can involve scouring through terabytes of data. For some companies, litigation is one...
Is Facebook a Protected Class of Evidence?
This article was originally published on "The Daily Record". This blog debates privacy and the importance of proving relevant evidence exists when requesting information from Facebook and other social media accounts. Discovery is not a game of “Go Fish”. To some extent it’s like playing an open hand of poker...
eDiscovery Update: May the eDiscovery Force Be With You!
This blog was originally published in the Daily Record.I was one of the millions of lucky nerds who saw the movie on opening day. I had high expectations and couldn’t wait to experience some of the magic from my childhood, when I was first introduced to the Force an...
OST vs. MSG vs. PST files in Outlook: What’s the Difference?
This post explains the differences between OST, MSG, and PST email file types, how they relate to one another, and how to properly handle each one during discovery. What do all these acronyms mean? If you are a litigation support professional or an attorney dealing with eDiscovery, you have likely...
Microsoft, Predictive Coding and eDiscovery
This article was originally published on The Daily Record. This post explains the advantages of Microsoft’s acquisition of Equivio and how it can help O365 users leverage advanced analytics to preserve and collect ESI. Last week I travelled to Seattle to attend a Microsoft conference where the company announced up...
5 Ways to Reduce Your eDiscovery Costs (and Data Set) + Infographic
This article, originally published in The Daily Record, was updated on October 30, 2015. There is no question that electronic discovery can be expensive, but is there a way to make it less so? By now most of us are familiar with the results of the Rand Corporation’s study which indicated th...
Handling Cloud-based ESI in eDiscovery: Best Practices for Corporate Counsel (Part 1)
This article was originally published on InsideCounsel.com. Cloud computing continues to grow at a mind numbing pace. The growth is primarily driven by the significant cost-savings made possible by outsourcing computer resources to a third party for a fraction of the cost. Organizations of all sizes, from small start-ups...
eDiscovery Update: 7 Tips to Preserve, Review Mobile Device Data
This article was originally posted on The Daily Record. This blog discusses seven best practices that should be considered for reviewing, preserving and collecting mobile device ESI to ensure defensibility. According to one survey I read, there are approximately 250 million mobile phone users in the United States. That number is...
eDiscovery Update: How many calories can you burn reading this article?
This article was originally published on The Daily Record. Electronic evidence, like people, comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people, who like to monitor their shape and size, are using fitness tracking devices like Fitbit. Fitbit is a wearable fitness monitor that wirelessly connects to your phone and it...
Forensic Investigations Unlock Key Digital Evidence
Look around in any direction and there is a decent chance you can identify a device that contains digital storage capabilities. Drive through a toll booth on the way to work and your journey is being recorded. Go through a red light and “snap”, a ticket arrives in the mail thre...
To DeNIST or Not to DeNIST...That is the Question!
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 af...
About Peter Coons
Peter Coons brings 18 years of experience in the legal technology field to his position as Senior Vice President. In this role, he is responsible for D4’s Technical Advisory and Professional Consulting Groups, which provide a wide range of litigation and technical expertise and guidance to clients navigating all phases of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM).
Peter’s extensive background – including computer forensics, social media discovery, and engineering eDiscovery workflow for law firms and corporations – has led him to a number of exciting positions throughout his career. In addition to roles in which he orchestrated large-scale electronic data collections relating to litigation, audits, and regulatory requests, Peter has also testified as an expert witness in computer forensics on both state and federal courts.
Before co-founding D4 with John Holland, Peter was a senior associate with Baker Robbins & Company, a New York- based technology consulting firm. While managing the company’s New York digital forensics practice, he led the team responsible for collecting ESI from New York agencies in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Peter holds a master’s degree in digital forensics management from Champlain College, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from SUNY Oneonta. With so much experience in digital forensics and the legal technology sector, Peter’s technical and legal skills and knowledge are invaluable to D4 and to our clients.
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