The world of legal technology was quite busy this week. After culling through countless articles, press releases, and blog posts, I selected the stellar few, the finest gems, and most importantly, the ones I like, to share with the Above The Law faithful. I do it so you don’t have to.
With that said, here is this week’s rundown…
Let’s start with a cartoon, shall we?
* Speaking of legal holds, check out this post on taming legal hold sanctions from Bow Tie Law’s Joshua Gilliland. Gilliland is an attorney and consutltant with D4 LLC. Admitting there is plenty of abuse with discovery motions, he concludes the following in assessing such motions:
Courts must ask is the electronically information stored information relevant? Secondly, whether or not how a litigation hold was issued involves analysis of whether there was conduct justifying sanctions, not strict liability punishment of striking answers and default judgments
* Oil isn’t the only spill BP has to worry about. According to William Belt of the firm LeClairRyan, the amount of data collected about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill could reach “petabyte” levels. How much is in a petabyte?
Imagine a vast expanse, perhaps somewhere in the Mojave Desert, in which a million pickup trucks full of books cover a parking lot that stretches as far as the eye can see in all directions,” he writes. “That would be a petabyte of data.
* Daniel McGravey and Amy Lachowicz of Pietragallo wrote an article published in The Legal Intelligencer about whether your employers have the right to review your electronic messages. They cite the recent Quon case and contrast it with a related case from New Jersey.
* Tomorrow I will be attending EMC Information Intelligence Group Writers’ Summit. A significant portion of the conference will deal with cloud computing, which I hope to discuss in a future post. As a warm-up, here is an article on that topic from the legal technology company Clio. Not suprisingly, Clio chose to post their article in JD Supra, a legal marketing and social media company that Adrian mentioned a few weeks back.
* Among those presenting at the EMC Summit will be Ralph Losey of Jackson Lewis. Losey is one of the foremost experts on e-discovery law in the country. His latest post is on the sequel to the Victor Stanley case. (Victor Stanley was a groundbreaking e-discovery case a few years back, addressing how a privilege review should be conducted.)
* If Ralph Losey had an alter ego across the Atlantic, his name would be Chris Dale. I swear these two are related somehow. In the UK, e-discovery is called e-disclosure. He posts this week on his globetrotting schedule. Dale will be presenting at the Masters Conference, which I will also be attending in early October.
* Lastly, Law Technology News did a “rundown” of its own, on Seyfarth Shaw senior associate David White. White, an admitted iPhone addict, works in the firm’s e-discovery and information governance practice group and is on the drafting committee of the Sedona Conference. The Sedona Conference is the leading think tank for e-discovery professionals.
Gabe Acevedo is an attorney in Washington, D.C. and the owner of the e-discovery blog, GabesGuide.com. He also writes on legal technology and discovery issues for Above The Law. He can be reached at email@example.com.