And That’s a Wrap….

#LTNY ’12 was a huge success for Planet Data.  Besides demonstrating our just released Exego3 (the latest version of our Early Cost Assessment platform) – we had a chance to spend time with our clients, meet some new people, and to hear firsthand a few opinions on what is going on in the eDiscovery world from the client’s perspective. Many pointed out that expertise in the field has come a long way, and that today it is crucial to rely on staff that knows what they are doing as the stakes are just too high.  To me, the most dramatic … Continue reading


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#LTNY ’12

It’s that time of year again!  NY Legal Tech.  This will be my 22nd NY Legal Tech by rough count.  Over the years I’ve seen trends change from scanning and paper coding to the complexities of ESI, ECA and hosting platforms.  The show has grown from a floor to multiple floors and seems to keep on growing.  Those companies that have solid and experienced executives, project management and technological forethought are those companies that continue to thrive and are relevant at Legal Tech.  And, I am proud that Planet Data, celebrating ten years, and with a team averaging over 20 years in the … Continue reading


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Time Will Tell….

In the December 2011 Corporate Counsel, Sheri Qualters writes a very interesting and well-written article “Pounding the Gavel on E-Discovery”.  The article focuses on Chief Judge Randall Rader’s model order to limit discovery in patent cases.  Ms. Qualters discusses the order and how it proposes limits on ESI production.  For me the points that stand out are that the order “sets specific limits on e-mail production” and “must be used for specific issues, not general discovery of a product or business”.   She quotes Edward Reines, advisory chairman and partner at Weil, Gotschal & Manges, “E-discovery needs to be right-sized.  There’s too … Continue reading


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eDiscovery Exchange Conference Panels Deliver Strong Messages

I recently attended The Information Retention and eDiscovery Exchange in Munich, Germany.  I found it to be an interesting mix of EU and US corporate counsel and eDiscovery experts.  The focus was on in-house counsel and how they deal with the ever-expanding data sets involved in litigation today.  The conference took a hard look at how groups from the US and EU approach ESI and their differing perspectives on the importance of managing large data sets.   Many of the corporations that spoke focused on how they have set-up internal groups to manage and support their legal teams in their discovery … Continue reading


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Heading to the Information Retention and eDiscovery Exchange in Munich? See you there.

Next week I’ll be speaking at the Information Retention and eDiscovery Exchange in Munich, Germany. I’m a part of a panel discussing timely topics that pertain to the eDiscovery world including new trends, innovations and applications to the legal process. Technology Panel: New Trends, Innovation And Application To Legal Process My fellow panellists are: Mark Yacano, Executive Vice President, Hudson Legal (moderator) Eric Laurent-Ricard, Chief Forensic Expert, Paris Court of Appeal Nick Patience, Research Director, Information Management, 451 Group Jon Tilbury, Director, Tessella PLC The panel will provide our audience with updates on developments in information retention and eDiscovery technologies. … Continue reading


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Risk Manager? Consultant? Yes, a Professional Project Manager

So who is probably the most important person that your legal team should rely on during an ESI and review project?  Good question.  The answer:  Not the Partner or Associate, but a professional Project Manager Whether at a law firm, corporate legal department, or at an outside supplier, professional Project Managers are the experts with the knowledge of the entire process.  In fact, they need to be an integral part of the legal team.  The professional PM has the ability to create customized solutions to meet the needs of the legal team.    Without a dedicated Project Manager, most of the … Continue reading


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Easy As 1-2-3? Not SAS 70…

In the market for a discovery management provider? Does the provider you are about to select have the SAS70/SSAE 16 certification? If the answer is no, then move on. What is the importance of being SAS70/SSAE 16 certified in the legal industry? How big a deal is it? Very big. This type of certification and audit process provides certainty to the law firm and more importantly, their client, that the supplier about to receive, process and store their data is secure, provides best practices and has documented defensible controls in place to manage their data. Have you picked up a … Continue reading


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The eDiscovery Definition of Complete Processing is … Complete Processing

The Real Issue – Your Software and Workflow Must Get all of your Data. Along with the rest of the Ediscovery Twitter and Blog worlds last week, I saw the blog post, the denial, the retraction, and the apology surrounding an attempted take on a recent ruling by Judge Shira Scheindlin. I’m referring to Judge Scheindlin’s ruling that chastised an agency of the US Government for not producing various types of ESI correctly pursuant to a FOIA request. The issue here is not the “wrong” post, the retraction or the apology. The issue was, is and always will be the … Continue reading


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E-discovery in the NYTimes

After reading the recent NY Times article “Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software”, I was impressed that the term “e-discovery” is now being mentioned in the same paper as critical world news and the famous crossword puzzle. On the other hand, I was mostly struck by what was not mentioned. The most important aspect to a successful review, whether manual or automated, is how the data was collected and processed. This distinction is frequently lost in articles such as this, since many still believe that ESI processing is a commodity service, not “exciting” or noteworthy to mention, and … Continue reading


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Legal Tech post-event Summary

During 2011 New York Legal Tech, the Planet Data team met with many senior litigators, from law firms and corporate legal departments, to discuss their views on early case assessment and what were the most important factors they considered when selecting a platform and a process. The top points were: 1. Complete processing of data in order to confidently search and report on their findings. This was important so the legal teams wouldn’t need to do additional processing and searching in order to finalize their search sets. As one lawyer said, I only want to search once on all of … Continue reading


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