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In addition to its software and professional services, CloudNine also provides extensive education to eDiscovery practitioners as highlighted by its publication of the eDiscovery Daily Blog. Authored and edited by industry expert Doug Austin, the eDiscovery Daily is the go-to resource for thousands of eDiscovery and eDisclosure professionals seeking to keep up with the latest news and case law in the world of digital discovery.
Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Seven
Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Seven 518 539 Tom O'Connor

An IG strategy will depend entirely upon the business practice of your client and their various needs, including but not limited to proactive handling of eDiscovery matters for litigation. ARMA suggests five main guidelines for building out the IG strategy that provide terrific guidance for any organization looking to implement or improve its IG program. Let’s take a look.

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Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Six
Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Six 518 539 Tom O'Connor

I have developed one theory for why formal IG policies and software have not been used more widely. It is that the increased improvements in and use of technology to analyze data and find patterns in Big Data has preempted more widespread use of IG applications. Let’s take a look.

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Metadata from Photos Leads to Dismissal of Case Against New York City: eDiscovery Case Law
Metadata from Photos Leads to Dismissal of Case Against New York City: eDiscovery Case Law 479 270 Doug Austin

In Lawrence v. City of New York, et al., New York Senior District Judge William H. Pauley, III granted in part and denied in part the defendants’ motion for sanctions, ruling to dismiss the case against the defendants, but denying the motion for sanctions against the plaintiff’s counsel and denying the motion for reimbursement of attorney’s fees, stating “an award of attorney’s fees ‘would be a hollow victory … as it would likely be uncollectible.’”

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Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Five
Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Five 518 539 Tom O'Connor

There are several basic information governance solutions and models that can provide effective guidance in implementing or improving your organization’s information governance approach. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples.

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Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Four
Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Four 518 539 Tom O'Connor

So, Information Governance is used by pretty much everybody these days, right? Not even close. Let’s take a look at what percentage of organizations don’t currently have a formal data governance policy and reasons why more don’t have them.

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Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Three
Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Three 518 539 Tom O'Connor

Assuming a company wanted to begin an IG initiative, are there any general principles to follow? There are seven — thanks to ARMA International. Let’s take a look at them.

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The Sedona Conference Has Created New Principles on Defensible Disposition: eDiscovery Best Practices
The Sedona Conference Has Created New Principles on Defensible Disposition: eDiscovery Best Practices 428 600 Doug Austin

It’s timely that we are currently running Tom O’Connor’s paper on Information Governance because The Sedona Conference® (TSC) has just published a paper on defensible disposition, which is a significant component of any good Information Governance program.

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Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Two
Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Two 518 539 Tom O'Connor

Here we define not only what Information Governance is, but (just as importantly), what it is not.

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Court Grants Defendant’s Motion to Compel Various Records from Plaintiff in “Slip and Fall” Case: eDiscovery Case Law
Court Grants Defendant’s Motion to Compel Various Records from Plaintiff in “Slip and Fall” Case: eDiscovery Case Law 479 270 Doug Austin

In Hinostroza v. Denny’s Inc., Nevada Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe granted the defendant’s motion to compel discovery various sources of ESI related to the plaintiff’s claim of injuries resulting from a “slip and fall” accident at one of the defendant’s restaurants.

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Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices
Preparing for Litigation Before it Happens: eDiscovery Best Practices 518 539 Tom O'Connor

Information Governance (IG) has always been part of the eDiscovery landscape but not always a large part. IG was originally important for reducing the population of potentially responsive electronically stored information (ESI) that might be subject to litigation by helping organizations adopt best practices for keeping their information “house in order”. But now with an increased concentration on the two-fold concerns of privacy and security, IG has become more important. In this paper, we’ll explore the implementation of Information Governance best practices to help organizations better prepare for litigation before it happens.

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