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Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins, President and CEO of CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years of experience leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad has authored many articles on litigation support issues, and has spoken before national audiences on document management practices and solutions.

Doug Austin

Doug Austin, Professional Services Manager for CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years experience providing legal technology consulting and technical project management services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has also authored several articles on eDiscovery best practices.

Jane Gennarelli

Jane Gennarelli is a principal of Magellan’s Law Corporation and has been assisting litigators in effectively handling discovery materials for over 30 years. She authored the company’s Best Practices in a Box™ content product and assists firms in applying technology to document handling tasks. She is a known expert and often does webinars and presentations for litigation support professionals around the country. Jane can be reached by email at jane@litigationbestpractices.com.

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Are eDiscovery Vendor Fees "Unconscionable"? - eDiscovery Best Practices

July 10, 2014

By Doug Austin

Could an eDiscovery vendor actually charge nearly $190,000 to process 505 GB and host it for three months? According to a recent post by Craig Ball in his Ball in Your Court blog, the answer is yes – based on a sworn affidavit from an eDiscovery expert leading a national litigation support vendor.

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If Your Documents Are Not Logical, Discovery Won’t Be Either - eDiscovery Best Practices

May 13, 2014

By Doug Austin

Scanning may no longer be cool, but it’s still necessary. Electronic discovery still typically includes a paper component. When it comes to paper, how documents are identified is critical to how useful they will be. Here’s an example.

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Tom O’Connor of Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center – eDiscovery Trends

March 14, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Tom O’Connor. Tom is a nationally known consultant, speaker and writer in the area of computerized litigation support systems. A frequent lecturer on the subject of legal technology, Tom has been on the faculty of numerous national CLE providers and has taught college level courses on legal technology. Tom's involvement with large cases led him to become familiar with dozens of various software applications for litigation support and he has both designed databases and trained legal staffs in their use on many of the cases mentioned above. This work has involved both public and private law firms of all sizes across the nation. Tom is the Director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center in New Orleans.

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Are You Scared Yet? – eDiscovery Horrors!

October 31, 2013

By Doug Austin

Today is Halloween. Every year at this time, because (after all) we’re an eDiscovery blog, we try to “scare” you with tales of eDiscovery horrors. So, I have one question: Are you scared yet?

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Plaintiffs’ Supreme Effort to Recuse Judge Peck in Da Silva Moore Denied – eDiscovery Case Law

October 30, 2013

By Doug Austin

As we discussed back in July, attorneys representing lead plaintiff Monique Da Silva Moore and five other employees filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the US Supreme Court arguing that New York Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck, who approved an eDiscovery protocol agreed to by the parties that included predictive coding technology, should have recused himself given his previous public statements expressing strong support of predictive coding. Earlier this month, on October 7, that petition was denied by the Supreme Court.

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For Successful Discovery, Think Backwards – eDiscovery Best Practices

October 08, 2013

By Doug Austin

The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) has become the standard model for the workflow of the process for handling electronically stored information (ESI) in discovery. But, to succeed in discovery, regardless whether you’re the producing party or the receiving party, it might be helpful to think about the EDRM model backwards.

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eDiscovery Daily is Three Years Old!

September 20, 2013

By Doug Austin

We’ve always been free, now we are three! It’s hard to believe that it has been three years ago today since we launched the eDiscoveryDaily blog. We’re past the “terrible twos” and heading towards pre-school. Before you know it, we’ll be ready to take our driver’s test! Here are some posts over the last six months you may have missed.

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Data Needs to Be Converted More Often than You Think – eDiscovery Best Practices

September 03, 2013

By Doug Austin

We’ve discussed previously that electronic files aren’t necessarily ready to review just because they’re electronic. They often need processing and good processing requires a sound process. Sometimes that process includes data conversion if the data isn’t in the most useful format.

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How Big is Your ESI Collection, Really? – eDiscovery Best Practices

August 26, 2013

By Doug Austin

After identifying custodians relevant to the case and collecting files from each, you’ve collected roughly 100 gigabytes (GB) of Microsoft Outlook email PST files and loose electronic files from the custodians. You identify a vendor to process the files to load into a review tool, so that you can perform review and produce the files to opposing counsel. After processing, the vendor sends you a bill – and they’ve charged you to process over 200 GB!! Are they trying to overbill you?

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A Technical Explanation of Near-Dupes – eDiscovery Tutorial

August 09, 2013

By Doug Austin

Bill Dimm provides a comprehensive and interesting description of near-dupes and the algorithms used to identify them in his Clustify blog (What is a near-dupe, really?). If you want to understand the “three reasonable, but different, ways of defining the near-dupe similarity between two documents”, bring your brain and check it out.

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I Removed a Virus, Did I Just Violate My Discovery Agreement? – eDiscovery Best Practices

August 08, 2013

By Doug Austin

As we discussed last month, working with electronic files in a review tool is NOT just simply a matter of loading the files and getting started. Electronic files are diverse, they can represent a whole collection of issues to address in order to process them for loading, and processing them effectively requires a sound process. But, what if the evidentiary files you collect from your custodians contain viruses or other malware?

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Good Processing Requires a Sound Process – eDiscovery Best Practices

July 26, 2013

By Doug Austin

As we discussed yesterday, working with electronic files in a review tool is NOT just simply a matter of loading the files and getting started. Electronic files are diverse and can represent a whole collection of issues to address in order to process them for loading. To address those issues effectively, processing requires a sound process.

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The Files are Already Electronic, How Hard Can They Be to Load? – eDiscovery Best Practices

July 25, 2013

By Doug Austin

Since hard copy discovery became electronic discovery, I’ve worked with a number of clients who expect that working with electronic files in a review tool is simply a matter of loading the files and getting started. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple!

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Plaintiffs Take the Supreme Step in Da Silva Moore – eDiscovery Case Law

July 12, 2013

By Doug Austin

As mentioned in Law Technology News ('Da Silva Moore' Goes to Washington), attorneys representing lead plaintiff Monique Da Silva Moore and five other employees have filed a petition for certiorari filed with the Supreme Court arguing that New York Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck, who approved an eDiscovery protocol agreed to by the parties that included predictive coding technology, should have recused himself given his previous public statements expressing strong support of predictive coding.

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In False Claims Act Case, Reimbursement of eDiscovery Costs Awarded to Plaintiff – eDiscovery Case Law

June 07, 2013

By Doug Austin

In United States ex rel. Becker v. Tools & Metals, Inc., a qui tam False Claims Act litigation, the plaintiffs sought, and the court awarded, costs for, among other things, uploading ESI, creating a Relativity index, and processing data over the objection that expenses should be limited to “reasonable out-of-pocket expenses which are part of the costs normally charged to a fee-paying client.” The court also approved electronic hosting costs, rejecting a defendant’s claim that “reasonableness is determined based on the number of documents used in the litigation.” However, the court refused to award costs for project management and for extracting data from hard drives where the plaintiff could have used better means to conduct a “targeted extraction of information.”

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More Updates from the EDRM Annual Meeting – eDiscovery Trends

May 10, 2013

By Doug Austin

Yesterday, we discussed some general observations from the Annual Meeting for the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) group and discussed some significant efforts and accomplishments by the (suddenly heavily talked about) EDRM Data Set project. Here are some updates from other projects within EDRM.

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Reporting from the EDRM Annual Meeting and a Data Set Update – eDiscovery Trends

May 09, 2013

By Doug Austin

The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Project was created in May 2005 by George Socha of Socha Consulting LLC and Tom Gelbmann of Gelbmann & Associates to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the electronic discovery market. Now, beginning its ninth year of operation with its annual meeting in St. Paul, MN, EDRM is accomplishing more than ever to address those needs. Here are some highlights from the meeting, and an update regarding the (suddenly heavily talked about) EDRM Data Set project.

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Skip the HASH When Deduping Outlook MSG Files – eDiscovery Best Practices

May 07, 2013

By Doug Austin

As we discussed recently in this blog, Microsoft® Outlook emails can take many forms. One of those forms is the MSG file extension, which is used to represent a self-contained unit for an individual message “family” (email and its attachments). MSG files can exist on your computer in the same folders as Word, Excel and other data files. But, when it comes to deduping those MSG files, the approach to do so is typically different.

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Appeals Court Upholds Decision Not to Recuse Judge Peck in Da Silva Moore – eDiscovery Case Law

April 15, 2013

By Doug Austin

As reported by IT-Lex, the Second Circuit of the US Court of Appeals rejected the Plaintiff’s request for a writ of mandamus recusing Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck from Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe SA.

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Court Says Scanning Documents to TIFF and Loading into Database is Taxable – eDiscovery Case Law

April 05, 2013

By Doug Austin

In Amana Society, Inc. v. Excel Engineering, Inc., Iowa District Judge Linda R. Reade found that “scanning [to TIFF format] for Summation purposes qualifies as ‘making copies of materials’ and that these costs are recoverable”.

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Four More Tips to Quash the Cost of eDiscovery – eDiscovery Best Practices

April 01, 2013

By Doug Austin

Thursday, we covered the first four tips from Craig Ball’s informative post on his blog (Ball in your Court) entitled Eight Tips to Quash the Cost of E-Discovery with tips on saving eDiscovery costs. Today, we’ll discuss the last four tips.

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Eight Tips to Quash the Cost of eDiscovery – eDiscovery Best Practices

March 28, 2013

By Doug Austin

By now, Craig Ball needs no introduction our readers as he has been a thought leader interview participant for the past three years. I’m a regular reader of his blog, Ball in your Court and, last week, he published a very informative post entitled Eight Tips to Quash the Cost of E-Discovery with tips on saving eDiscovery costs. I thought we would cover those tips here, with some commentary.

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