eDiscovery Daily Blog

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.
Court Sanctions Defendants in Jimi Hendrix Copyright Infringement Case: eDiscovery Case Law
Court Sanctions Defendants in Jimi Hendrix Copyright Infringement Case: eDiscovery Case Law 479 270 Doug Austin

In Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. et al. v. Pitsicalis et al., New York District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer granted the plaintiffs’ motion for an adverse inference instruction against selected defendants associated with Purple Haze Properties (referred to as the “PHP defendants”) and he directed the PHP defendants to pay the reasonable fees and costs incurred by plaintiffs in bringing the motion. He denied (at least at this time) the plaintiffs’ request for terminating sanctions and a preliminary injunction against the PHP defendants.

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A New Product Helps You Get “Context” on Judge’s Opinions and Expert Witnesses: eDiscovery Trends
A New Product Helps You Get “Context” on Judge’s Opinions and Expert Witnesses: eDiscovery Trends 428 600 Doug Austin

A legal analytics product being launched last week by LexisNexis analyzes the language of specific judges’ opinions to identify the cases and arguments each judge finds persuasive as well as analytics on expert witnesses. And, we remember one judge who, sadly, passed away over the weekend.

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Hewlett-Packard/Autonomy Deal Results in More Indictments: eDiscovery Trends
Hewlett-Packard/Autonomy Deal Results in More Indictments: eDiscovery Trends 219 284 Doug Austin

There continues to be more legal fallout from the Hewlett-Packard (HP) 2011 acquisition of Autonomy (which we covered here) and HP’s allegations that there were “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy” before the acquisition (which forced HP to take an $8.8 billion charge in 2012. Then, earlier this year, former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain was convicted of 16 counts of wire and securities fraud related to the $10.3 billion transaction. Now, more indictments have been handed down.

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Here’s a Webcast to Learn about Important eDiscovery Developments for 2018: eDiscovery Webcasts
Here’s a Webcast to Learn about Important eDiscovery Developments for 2018: eDiscovery Webcasts 461 263 Doug Austin

I know it seems like we just conducted a webcast (we did, two days ago), but we already have another one coming up! 2018 has been a very busy and significant year from an eDiscovery standpoint. This year has had everything from new data privacy laws here and in Europe to the use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in discovery to important trends regarding the use (or non-use) of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) to a landmark SCOTUS case regarding accessing cell phone location data without a warrant. Here’s a webcast that will discuss what do you need to know about these and other important 2018 events and how they impact your eDiscovery efforts.

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Court Orders Defendants to Resubmit Production of “Inferior” Quality Documents: eDiscovery Case Law
Court Orders Defendants to Resubmit Production of “Inferior” Quality Documents: eDiscovery Case Law 479 270 Doug Austin

In Dunne v. Resource Converting, LLC et al., Missouri Magistrate Judge David D. Nocel granted the plaintiff’s motion to compel and to enforce, ordering the defendants to “resubmit to plaintiff the subject low-quality documents in a non-blurry, legible form digitally accessible to plaintiff, and with the same bates-stamp numbers as the original production”. Judge Nocel also ordered the defendants to pay plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees and expenses associated with his motion to compel, but decided that the plaintiff’s request for an independent forensic expert to preside over the technical discovery requests and responses was not warranted at this time.

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Today, You Can Help The “Luddite” Lawyer Learn to Embrace Technology: eDiscovery Webcasts
Today, You Can Help The “Luddite” Lawyer Learn to Embrace Technology: eDiscovery Webcasts 463 264 Doug Austin

Technology Assisted Review (TAR) has been court approved for nearly seven years now and other technologies and approaches have been proven to save time and money while even improving quality within the discovery process. Yet, many lawyers still have yet to embrace these new technologies and approaches. Why, and what needs to happen to change things? Today’s webcast will take a look at what needs to happen to help the “Luddite” legal professional learn to embrace technology.

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Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Five
Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Five 302 359 Tom O'Connor

So, what can we do to help lawyers become technologically proficient? And, what are ten great tips for learning and working with eDiscovery and electronically stored information? Let’s take a look.

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Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Four
Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Four 302 359 Tom O'Connor

There are several good resources to help lawyers improve their technology expertise, including websites and publications. So, what are they? Let’s take a look.

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Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Three
Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Three 302 359 Tom O'Connor

So, how can we change the situation? To begin to answer that question, let’s take a look at the ethical obligation that lawyers have to be technically competent and the state of technology education for lawyers today.

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Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Two
Will Lawyers Ever Embrace Technology?: eDiscovery Best Practices, Part Two 302 359 Tom O'Connor

So, why is the lack of technology expertise among lawyers important? To answer that question, we need to take a look at the current situation in terms of what we’re trying to accomplish with eDiscovery, whether knowledge of that is important and what do we need to do to change.

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