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Weekly Trends Report – 12/20/2018 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


E-discovery software ratings – G2 Crowd published its e-discovery software ratings, displaying programs or platforms in a quadrant, listing software its considered to be the top products based on user satisfaction, and ordering them by ease of use calculated by a proprietary algorithm. As one who used to compile and publish such information, I encourage you to use these and similar analyses with care and caution.

2019 e-discovery predictions – Legaltech news published its 2019 predictions for e-discovery, including ones focused on analytics, cloud, efforts at proportionality, and privacy and security.


Anticipated congressional activity – For thoughts on where the 116th Congress may go with cybersecurity and data privacy, check out King & Spalding‘s Dec. 18 summary of anticipated investigations and similar efforts at oversight.

European Union moving forward with “e-evidence” legislation – King & Spalding reported that the EU is moving forward with a bill to enable law enforcement authorities to access digital evidence held by private companies in other member states and outside the EU. Authorities would be able to use two new transnational legal instruments, the European Production Order Certificate and the European Preservation Order Certificate.

2019 cyber/privacy predictions – Legaltech news published its 2019 cybersecurity and privacy predictions, gathered from attorneys and experts in the field. They anticipate we will see growth in privacy risk management efforts; GDPR whistleblowing; chief privacy officers and similar positions; law firm security audits; privacy legislation; and more.

Get ready for the CCPA – Baker McKenzie lawyers put together a two-part series on the steps organization should consider taking when implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Check out Part 1, from Dec. 10, and Part 2, from Dec. 18.


Acquisitions – Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN) announced it will acquire data extraction and contract analytics software company eBrevia.

2019 legal tech predictions – Artificial Lawyer published legal technology predictions from 22 legal tech providers and law firms. Not surprisingly, AI, blockchain, and analytics feature prominently.

On algorithms and biases – Cass Sunstein recently published a paper on SSRN, Algorithms, Correcting Biases, with the thesis that for purposes of law and policy algorithms may be better that humans at making at least certain types of predictions.


Recent e-discovery decisions

Four synopses – Sidley Austin recently posted analyses of four decisions involving e-discovery issues:

  • Small v. University Medical Center, 2018 WL 3795238 (D. Nev. Aug. 9, 2018) – adverse jury instruction and monetary sanctions for failing to identify and preserve relevant ESI.
  • Walker v. Coffey, 2018 WL 4496344 (3d Cir. Sept. 20, 2018) – individuals did not have clearly established 4th Amendment right to have content of their work email remain free from law enforcement search.
  • Garrett v. Univ. of S. Fla. Bd. of Trs., 2018 WL 4383054 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 14, 2018) – request for forensic examinations of personal computer and cellphone disproportionate to needs of case; party still required to produce text messages and be subject to reopened deposition examination.
  • ComLab, Corp. v. Kal Tire, 2018 WL 4333987 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 11, 2018) – terminative sanction after finding clear and convincing evidence that party willfully fabricated emails in the course of discovery and the deleted native versions to conceal fraud.
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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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