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Public Records Requests: time to reflect on the process 

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | December 21, 2018
Reflecting the Public Records Requests process

The Constitutional pledge that the United States of America be governed “for the people, by the people” is honoured every time a federal or state agency satisfies a Public Records Request (RPP). As is inevitable, the magisterial simplicity of the Constitution is complex to work out in practice, and…

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Why now is the time to take control of eDiscovery technology

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | December 18, 2018
Control

One way of cutting our eDiscovery bills would be to write fewer emails, videoconference less, ditch Facebook and generally go on a strict data diet – but we all know that won’t happen. In fact, the opposite will happen: we shall have more data, more data formats ­and more data formats that are…

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Why Legal has nothing to fear from Technology

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | December 11, 2018
Fear

The science of document classification is not as old and venerable as the Law, but its roots go back to 19th century German academia. The first American school for library science saw the light of day at Columbia University in 1887. Now known as the School of Library Service, the department’s…

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Public Records Requests: time for legal to make up with IT

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | December 7, 2018
reach out

Nobody wants to make mistakes, and nobody wants to go to court. It happens, of course, and in 2017, the federal bill for litigation regarding Public Records Requests came to $40 million. This $40 million does not factor in the cost of business disruption, and the reputational damage of what are…

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Mind the gap: why outsourcing and IT tools hamper eDiscovery

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | December 4, 2018
Gap

eDiscovery is a massively disruptive event, and companies can be forgiven for wishing to outsource it. IT departments in particular get a raw deal: a lot of the burden of eDiscovery falls on their shoulders, but they are not in charge of the process.

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Assisted Review - let IT cut through the tech hype

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | November 21, 2018
Cutting

The Law and Technology are not natural bedfellows. The Law explains itself in words (even words in Latin), but Technology uses networks, platforms, code – how many lawyers engaged in eDiscovery have ever seen a page of code, let alone written one? They have different mindsets, Legal and IT, and a…

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Assisted Review: can we turn down the noise please, TAR 2.0?

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | November 14, 2018
Noise

The techniques that underlie eDiscovery as it is practised today did not come out of nowhere, but lean heavily on the science of document classification that was invented in the late 1820's in Germany. The first American school for library science was founded at Columbia University in 1887. 

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Assisted review - don't get ROI rage

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | November 7, 2018
ROI 1

Although eDiscovery is said to have been ‘invented’ in 1999, it is now an integral part of the legal process. Even a slip-up over a detail could cost you your case, or weaken your position when you’re negotiating a settlement, this is why you can’t cut corners when it comes to eDiscovery.  

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Keep control over your data when information requests come in!

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | November 6, 2018
Control room

Many companies are insufficiently prepared for data requests. When a regulator comes calling, action needs to be taken immediately. All possibly relevant data is then handed to external legal services. As a result, control over the process, the costs, and the data is lost. There has to be a better…

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