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A Lawyer’s Guide to In-House eDiscovery

The decision to bring eDiscovery solutions in-house for a legal team is more than evaluating the software. The growth of e-discovery and data combined with adoption by the federal and state courts of FRCP rules for litigants to comply with judge expectations continues. This opens opportunities for legal teams and law firms to take control of the eDiscovery process, contain costs and improve efficiency, service levels and most important, meet attorney obligations.

Key Points

  • Growth in eDiscovery and the changing landscape of industry
  • Advantages of bringing your eDiscovery process and solutions In-house
  • Evaluating software platforms: onDemand vs. In-house
  • Improved Early Case Assessment (ECA) in facts and issues stage
  • Benefits of review speed through processing capability
  • Cost Containment with greater efficiency in hosting/review
  • Litigation Timelining

About the Speaker

Christian DeTrude of Lexbe, is an eDiscovery Senior Solutions Consultant. He is a certified eDiscovery Specialist from the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS). Mr. DeTrude specializes in working with firms and companies of all sizes involved in eDiscovery seeking to bring solutions in-house or partner with a provider who do not have an in-house solution.

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Lexbe Platform Update: Bates Stamping and Production Preview

Lexbe’s innovative doc viewer gives you the power to instantly toggle between all instances of your document, from native through produced versions. Our engineers have updated this screen to include several enhancements, making this already robust tool even more powerful. As always, these updates are instantly available – no need for your IT department to deal with a cumbersome software upgrade. A brief overview of the updates:

New Tabs

  • Produced – allows you to view the selected, produced version of the PDF, with bates number
  • Redacted – view the document with current redaction in place.
  • Translated – the current document with any foreign language translated to English, for your review.
  • Annotated – view your document with notes and comments visible.

Bates Stamping

When you are viewing your produced document PDF in the Lexbe platform you will now be able to see the Bates Number stamped in the lower right corner, as you would see it if the document were printed. You no longer need to download the document, the bates stamp is visible instantly, on screen.

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Drop Down Production List

If a document has been produced more than once this drop down menu will appear at the top of the page, allowing you to easily toggle between the productions. Each produced version of the document will be noted with it’s Bates Number and the date of production in the title. This is an indispensable tool for any complex litigation where you run more than one production.

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Profanity and Obscenity Search Tool Released

George Carlin’s famous 7 dirty words, apparently, do not apply to today’s modern workforce. While television censors gagged Carlin’s list, work emails and texts receive no such censorship. Even Carlin might be amazed by what otherwise intelligent people include in their business correspondence.

You cannot afford to miss inappropriate language in your eDiscovery document review. Profanity in off-color emails or text messages can discredit even the strongest witness. With any eDiscovery search you will want to zero in on those documents where the writer’s tone suggests urgency, misconduct or emotion. Profanity is a good indication of stress or impropriety, so including obscenities in your keyword search should be de rigueur for most cases. In some cases (like employment discrimination) pervasive profanity and obscenity can drive case outcomes.

Based on our experience, Carlin’s ‘seven dirty words’ are not nearly enough to address usage in modern commercial cases. So we’ve preloaded a comprehensive list of 700 profane and obscene terms and phrases, to make your profanity search as comprehensive and as easy as possible. Let us know if we’ve missed any that you know!

Lexbe has built a Profanity Search Tool integrated into our platform so that you can run a comprehensive search and pull all of those documents into one file quickly. With over 700 terms there is a good chance our search tool will out perform even the most creative among you. Carlin would be impressed.

You can read more about how to launch this tool by reading our technical note on this feature by following the link below. Our team is always available for a quick demo, so if you would like to see the Profanity Search Tool in action, contact sales@lexbe.com.

Technical Note: Profanity Search Tool>

Note: The Profanity and Search Tool is available only for Lexbe customers who are practicing U.S. attorneys and legal professionals, over the age of 18, for use in connection with legal document review.

eDiscovery Search Best Practices

As the size of document collections continue to explode, finding the evidence needle in the electronically stored information (ESI) haystack is more challenging than ever. Understanding the latest tools, indexing techniques, and features associated with eDiscovery search will allow you to conduct a highly effective review while still delivering your production on time. The webinar discusses best practices in advanced search methodology with a focus on practically applying these tools to ensure your data is fully indexed, completely searchable and enables you to quickly and accurately access the evidence you need.

Key Points

  • Understanding How eDiscovery Search Indexes Work
  • Multi-Index Approach to Prevent Missing Critical Case Data
  • Pros and Cons of Keyword Search
  • Constructing Quality Search Queries
  • Search Expanders and Search Limiters
  • Testing Keyword Search Results
  • Practice Tips

About the Speaker

Erin Derby is a Certified eDiscovery Specialist and member of the Technical Services team with Lexbe LC. She specializes in working with clients handling eDiscovery which are involved in the type of complex litigation that requires a high level of precision and expertise. She provides guidance for technical discovery issues and procedures and ensures compliance with all court-ordered ESI guidelines. Prior to joining Lexbe, Ms. Derby was a Litigation Paralegal for 10 years for both plaintiff and defense law firms. She attended the College of William and Mary and earned her Paralegal Certification from Old Dominion University.

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A Litigator’s Guide to Mac eDiscovery

The Apple Mac OS for desktops and laptops and iOS for portable devices were once relegated to the sidelines in corporate America and overlooked or ignored in eDiscovery and litigation. This approach is no longer viable as electronically stored information (ESI) from Apple computers, iPhone and iPads is part of many document intensive cases today.

Most companies large and small support Apple computer usage by their employees and derived digital evidence is common. But that does not mean it is easy to collect, process, search, and review. In fact, it raises a host of complications that should be addressed.

Key Points

  • The growth of the MAC OS and iOS in modern business usage
  • Issues in collecting and processing from MAC computers and devices
  • Complications processing and reviewing email with Apple Mail
  • Ensuring searchability of MAC-based files for eDiscovery
  • Conducting document reviews using MAC computers for MAC-centric law firms

About the Speaker

Karsten Weber is CTO and Principal, Lexbe LC. Mr. Weber is an eDiscovery consultant and expert and leads the product development at Lexbe. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas and an M.S. Engineering, Danish Technical University.

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