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Weekly Trend Report – 3/27/2019 Insights

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Insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading – who is doing what now or in the future, what works and what doesn’t, and what people wish they could do but can’t – gleaned from recent publications



Acquisitions – On March 21, Veritext Legal Solutions announced it had acquired Epiq’s court reporting business. For more, see ComplexDiscovery’s running list of mergers, acquisitions and investments.

Partnerships and alliances – Activity heats up again:

Software update – Relativity announced the introduction of the RelativityOne App for IOS. See also reporting by Zach Warren of Legaltech News.

The end of sanctions? – According to a new report from Logikcull, “In the three years since the amendment of Rule 37(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in December 2015, the number of federal cases involving spoliation sanctions has plummeted.”

O365 chat – From Gregory Bufithis, a video chat with a chat with Nick Robinson of Microsoft at Legaltech 2019 about O365 compliance and e-discovery offerings.


A reminder that retention matters – As this ABA Journal article about the Google Plus shutdown points out, records retention policies and practices have real-world significance both practical and ethical.

CCPA compliance efforts – Legaltech News reports that according to a recent TrustArc survey, 14% of companies to be affected by the California Consumer Protection Act already are CCPA compliant, 44% have yet to take steps towards compliance, 71% expect to spend at least $100,000 on compliance efforts, and 72% plan on investing in technology to help smooth the way.

Atty seeking data privacy cert? – As Jared Coseglia of TRU Staffing Partners discusses in a Legaltech News article, approximately 75 attorneys are on the path to obtaining the International Association of Privacy ProfessionalsPrivacy Law Specialist certification. The IAPP’s PLS, in its second year, sits apart from other privacy certifications in two critical ways. First, it is accredited by the American Bar Association, only the 15th such specialty. Second, it is intended only for lawyers practicing in the US. The certification still faces challenges, such as state-specific prohibitions on attorneys advertising specialty certifications.

IoT and privacy musings – In a Legaltech News Q&A, Jennifer King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, discusses her thoughts on the Internet of Things and data privacy. Spoiler alert: she does not have IoT connected devices in her home.


Date Organization Title
3/20/2019 Veritone Veritone Receives FedRAMP Authorization for its aiWARE Government Platform
3/20/2019 Hausfeld

The Sedona Conference

Hausfeld and The Sedona Conference Announce the First Recipient of the William P. Butterfield Award for Excellence in eDiscovery Writing
3/26/2019 Venio Systems Venio Systems Releases Version 7.9 of its All-in-One, Unified eDiscovery Platform
3/27/2019 FTI Consulting FTI Consulting Launches Relativity E-Discovery Offering in Brazil


Date Org By/About Title
3/14/2019 Sidley FTC Announces Record-Setting $5.7M COPPA Penalty
3/18/2019 Sidley The New Congress Turns to an Old Issue – The Possibility of Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation
3/19/2019 Corporate Counsel Report: Pharmaceutical and Financial Services Have Most Mature Use of E-Discovery Tech
3/19/2019 RICOH Tuesday’s Tip: The Critical Questions You Need to Ask When Assessing your eDiscovery Process
3/21/2019 Artificial Lawyer UnitedLex Embraces Legal AI With Seal Software Deployment
3/21/2019 Relativity How e-Discovery Has, Hasn’t, and Probably Should Change
3/21/2019 Sidley March’s Notable Cases and Events in E-Discovery
3/21/2019 Legaltech News E-Discovery Training Lagging in Most Legal Departments
3/21/2019 ACEDS The Mindful Data Transfer – Bringing Balance to Cross-Border Discovery and EU Data Protection Obligations
3/21/2019 Corporate Counsel GDPR vs. CCPA: Privacy Counsel Weigh In on Compliance Challenges
3/22/2019 Legaltech News Lawyers: Kushner’s Screenshots Comply With Records Law, But Admissibility Questionable
3/26/2019 Relativity Mission Update 2019: Security in RelativityOne
3/26/2019 ComplexDiscovery The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018: Four Educational Extracts
3/26/2019 Marketing Land What marketers need to understand about fines under the new California Privacy Act
3/26/2019 Security Boulevard If You’re Not First, You’re Last: Risks of Delaying CCPA Compliance
3/26/2019 Legaltech News 5 Common Pitfalls to Avoid in a Document Review Process


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Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal
George Socha is the Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal, where he promotes brand awareness, helps guide development of product roadmap and consults with customers on effective deployment of legal technology.

Named an “E-Discovery Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, George has assisted corporate, law firm, and government clients with all facets of electronic discovery, including information governance, domestically and globally. He served clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, energy, retail, banking and technology, among others. As a renowned industry thought leader, he has authored more than 50 articles and spoken at more than 200 engagements across the world on a variety of e-discovery topics. His extensive knowledge has also been utilized more than 20 times to provide expert testimony.

Co-founder of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), a framework that outlines the standards for the recovery and discovery of digital data, and the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM), a similar framework specific to information management, George is skilled at developing and implementing electronic discovery strategies and managing electronic discovery processes.

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