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Slack and Collaborative Work Tools: The Proper Scope of Discovery of Slack Channels

Slack, the collaborative workspace designed to streamline real-time communications between business teams, poses some challenges in the eDiscovery context (see our prior blog post). This blog post discusses a recent decision that explores the proper scope of discovery regarding Slack messages – specifically, whether each individual Slack message should be treated as a discrete document [...]

By |2024-03-06T21:49:42+00:00April 1st, 2024|AI, e-discovery, Litigation Support|0 Comments

What is the role of a Special Master in eDiscovery Disputes?

Scenario A complex civil litigation involves multiple defendants, multiple classes of plaintiffs, and complicated causes of action that hinge on synthesizing large amounts of data. The plaintiffs seek broad discovery of defendants’ data, business records, instant messaging systems, phone records, text messages, and other electronic materials. The parties disagree about the types of information to [...]

By |2024-03-06T21:25:17+00:00March 21st, 2024|AI, e-discovery, Investigations, Litigation Support|0 Comments

February’s Notable Cases and Events in E-Discovery

This Sidley Update addresses the following recent developments and court decisions involving e-discovery issues: 1. an order from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California requiring the Defendant to provide, at the outset of a multidistrict proceeding, information about the approximately 15,700 recipients of its litigation hold notices and the sources of [...]

January’s Notable Cases and Events in E-Discovery

This Sidley Update addresses the following recent developments and court decisions involving e-discovery issues: 1. an order from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California limiting a subpoena to Discord for electronically stored information (ESI) and declining to compel Discord to produce passwords and content for certain accounts, under 28 U.S.C. § [...]

Lessons Learned From the Overuse of ESI Protocols

ESI protocols have become a Frankenstein monster of requirements that create obligations well beyond the Federal Rules of discovery, addressing a vast array of discovery topics including search terms, privilege logs and technology-assisted review. What lessons can we take away from the overuse of ESI protocols? While not found in the Federal Rules of Civil [...]

Planning to Add More E-Discovery Tools to Your Tech Stack

Is your legal department using multiple e-discovery solutions or review tools? Or is it planning to add another tool to its tech stack? As a Legal Ops professional, you need to figure out whether you need an additional tool when the department has several or whether you want to take advantage of a different pricing [...]

The Importance of Attorney Oversight in ESI Collection; Dangers of Client Self-Collection

In litigation, allowing a client to handle the process of collecting its electronic discovery without adequate attorney oversight of quality control validation can lead to serious trouble for all concerned. Courts throughout the country have repeatedly held that attorneys have professional and ethical duties to ensure the adequacy of their clients’ actions in identifying, preserving, [...]

One Tool, Two Tool, Three Tool: Better?

Many firms and companies may be using multiple eDiscovery solutions or review tools in the course of their investigations and litigation. Or, they may be contemplating adding another tool to the box. This can be for functionality, pricing, or other reasons, and it’s important to determine why. If you’re looking to add a tool, in [...]

Apps That Wipe Out Messages Fast Create E-Discovery Minefields

Ephemeral messaging apps, which automatically erase users’ messages in a short time, are being used more than ever in the workplace. Given the copious amounts of data these apps generate, it’s already having a significant effect on e-discovery and the legal field. This new form of communication hasn’t diminished attorneys’ ethical and legal obligations. Feigning [...]

A False Economy: Skrimping on eDiscovery Technology Won’t Save You Money

Business today is complex. When conflicts, bribery accusations, employment disputes, and white-collar crime allegations emerge, your effective response is a mandatory action. While there are legal and ethical obligations to conduct thorough investigations, the ideal scenario is to mitigate or arbitrate issues before they escalate into full-blown matters. At the same time, eDiscovery technologies and [...]

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