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Weekly Trends Report – 12/18/2019 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


BDO knows CCPA – BDO’s California Consumer Privacy Act resource page enables privacy executives to stay abreast of the impending regulation and learn about overarching privacy and governance considerations in one convenient location.


New Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16.1 – Brian T. Rafferty and Brandon C. Mumby of Polsinelli reported that on Dec. 1 the new Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16.1 went into effect. The rule, they wrote, “functions as a response to concerns regarding the manner and timing of the production of voluminous Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in complex cases.”

2019 Litigation Trends Survey – Norton Rose Fulbright has published its 15th annual Litigation Trends Survey. Their top-level summary: “The 15th annual Litigation Trends Survey has identified two major trends that began impacting the industry more intensively in 2019 and are predicted to accelerate in 2020. More organizations than ever before anticipate dispute volume to rise in the year ahead, and they are putting in place preventative measures in order to manage the increased risk. Despite the increase in proactive risk mitigation, the findings show that companies are still underutilizing one of the most effective measures available – embedding lawyers in business operations.” Unlike in many years past, however, this year’s report makes no mention of e-discovery.


EDPB adopted data protection guidelines – William RM Long and Lauren Cuyvers of Sidley reported that the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) adopted guidelines on the GDPR’s data protection by design and by default principle.

German authorities issued GDPR fining methodology guidelines – William RM Long, Kolja Stehl, Lauren Cuyvers, and Anna-Shari Melin of Sidley reported that the Association of German Data Protection Authorities issued guidelines setting a five-step GDPR fining methodology.

GDPR changes proposed – Anna Oberschelp de Meneses, Ulrike Elteste, and Kristof Van Quathem of Covington reported that German Supervisory Authorities issued a report evaluating the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) in Germany and recommending changes to the GDPR.


12/17/2019EDPivotalKLDiscoveryPivotal Acquisition Corp. Announces Additional Backstop Commitments


12/6/2019LT/DTThe Global Legal PostLaw firms missing out with ‘misguided’ innovation drive, GCs claim
12/10/2019C/DPLegaltech NewsNew Year, New Technology: Law Firms Turning to Cloud Technology for Increased Data SecurityTravis Howe (Litify)
12/11/2019EDLT/DTRelativityWhy Australia is a Hot Spot for Legal InnovationSam Bock
12/11/2019LT/DTThe Global Legal PostStephen Allen: ‘Lawyers using the technology will triumph over those who do it the old way’
12/12/2019EDLogikcullPortending Wave of Discovery Disputes, New Federal ESI Orders Put Slack, Teams in CrosshairsRobert Hilson
12/12/2019EDRelativityHow to Defend (and Advocate) During International DiscoverySam Bock
12/12/2019C/DPKelley DryePotential Constitutional Challenges to the CCPAAlysa Zeltzer Hutnik, Michael Lynch, Paul A. Rosenthal, and Jewel Tweiah
12/13/2019EDLegaltech NewsGovernment Agencies Are Moving to the Cloud. Will More Efficient E-Discovery Follow?Amy Hilbert (Casepoint)
12/13/2019EDSidleyDecember’s Notable Cases and Events in E-Discovery
12/17/2019EDeDiscovery Daily BlogCourt Enters Parties’ Order for Discovery of ESI: eDiscovery Case LawDoug Austin
12/17/2019EDLinkedInHow To Review A DocumentMartin Nikel (Deloitte)
12/18/2019EDeDiscovery Daily BlogCourt Denies Plaintiff’s Motion for Sanction for Spoliation of Audio Recording: eDiscovery Case LawDoug Austin 


Conferences, webinars, and the like can provide insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading

12/19/2019-1/24/2020 EVENTS

12/19/19 2:00 PMETWebinarDATAVERSITYUtilize Governance Working Teams to Improve Data Quality
12/20/19 12:00 PM12/20/19 1:00 PMETWebinarRelativityAsk the Expert: Relativity Processing: Deep Dive into Discovery and Publish
1/9/20 9:00 AM1/10/20 6:00 PMPTConferenceSanta Clara, CAABAArtificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute
1/14/20 12:00 PM1/14/20 1:00 PMETWebinarPerkins CoieCCPA Litigation Outlook and Defense
1/15/20 12:00 PMETWebinarHaystackIDNew Data Types and eDiscovery: From Social Media and Slack to the Cloud
1/20/20 11:00 AM1/21/20 5:30 PMBSTConferenceLondon, UKCLOCCLOC 2020 London Institute
1/21/20 12:00 PM1/21/20 12:55 PMUTCWebinarExterro6 major edisclosure challenges and how to solve them
1/22/20 11:30 AM1/22/20 12:15 PMETWebinarConcept SearchingThe Benefits of the Digital Workplace – Pipedream or Reality?
1/23/20 1:00 PM1/23/20 2:30 PMETWebinarDavis Wright TremaineEnforcement Actions Under EU GDPR and Complying With the California Consumer Privacy Act


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George Socha
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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