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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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Brad Jenkins of CloudNine Discovery – eDiscovery Trends

February 24, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Brad Jenkins of CloudNine Discovery. Brad has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, as well as 15 years leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad also writes the Litigation Support Industry Blog, which covers news about litigation support and eDiscovery companies' funding activities, acquisitions & mergers and notable business successes. He has authored several articles on document management and litigation support issues, and has appeared as a speaker before national audiences on document management practices and solutions. He’s also my boss!

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If You’re Going to Attend Just One Session at LegalTech Next Week, Make it This Session - eDiscovery Best Practices

January 30, 2014

By Doug Austin

In just a few days, there will be big happenings in the New York area! No, I’m not talking about the big game, I’m talking about the biggest legal technology event of the year, LegalTech New York (LTNY). If you’re going to be attending the conference this year (and, if not, why not?), here is a session that is a “must attend” for anyone who wants to know leading judges’ perspectives on eDiscovery rules changes and best practices.

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2013 eDiscovery Year in Review: eDiscovery Case Law, Part 3

January 20, 2014

By Doug Austin

As we noted on Thursday and Friday, eDiscoveryDaily published 78 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Friday, we looked back at cases related to production format disputes, search disputes and technology assisted review. Today, let’s take a look back at cases related to proportionality and the first half of the cases related to sanctions (yes, there were that many).

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2013 eDiscovery Year in Review: eDiscovery Case Law, Part 2

January 17, 2014

By Doug Austin

As we noted yesterday, eDiscoveryDaily published 78 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to admissibility and eDiscovery cost reimbursement. Today, let’s take a look back at cases related to production format disputes, search disputes and technology assisted review.

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Split Decision between Plaintiff and Defendant Regarding Search Terms - eDiscovery Case Law

January 14, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. v. Giannoulias, Illinois District Judge John F. Grady resolved several motions regarding discovery proceedings in a $114 million lawsuit. Two of the motions concerned search terms for documents and electronically stored information (ESI), in which the plaintiff opposed the defendants’ request for six additional terms to be included in retrieving discovery documents. The court ruled that four additional search terms would be added, while two would be excluded.

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Six eDiscovery Predictions for 2014, Part One - eDiscovery Trends

January 10, 2014

By Doug Austin

It’s that time of year, where people make predictions for the coming year for all sorts of things, including electronic discovery trends for the coming year. Though I have to say, I’ve seen fewer predictions this year than in past years. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to offer some of my own predictions. If they turn out right, you heard it here first!

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Cost Calculator for Document Review - eDiscovery Best Practices

January 03, 2014

By Doug Austin

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) web site and, two days later, began a review of the budget calculators, beginning with the E-Discovery Cost Estimator for Processing and Review workbook provided by Julie Brown at Vorys law firm. Today, we will continue our review of the calculators with a look at the Doc Review Cost Calculator.

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Is a Blended Document Review Rate of $466 Per Hour Excessive? – eDiscovery Replay

November 22, 2013

By Doug Austin

Remember when we raised the question as to whether it is time to ditch the per hour model for document review? One of the cases we highlighted for perceived overbilling was ruled recently.

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Does Size Matter? – eDiscovery Replay

November 19, 2013

By Doug Austin

I frequently get asked how big does an ESI collection need to be to benefit from eDiscovery technology. In a recent case with one of my clients, the client had a fairly small collection – only about 4 GB. But, when a judge ruled that they had to start conducting depositions in a week, they needed to review that data in a weekend. Without the ability to cull the data and using OnDemand® to manage the linear review, they would not have been able to make that deadline. So, they clearly benefited from the use of eDiscovery technology in that case. But, if you’re not facing a tight deadline, how large does your collection need to be for the use of eDiscovery technology to provide benefits?

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The Number of Pages in Each Gigabyte Can Vary Widely – eDiscovery Replay

November 18, 2013

By Doug Austin

A while back, we talked about how the average number of pages in each gigabyte is approximately 50,000 to 75,000 pages and that each gigabyte effectively culled out can save $18,750 in review costs. But, did you know just how widely the number of pages per gigabyte can vary?

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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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What is “Reduping?” – eDiscovery Explained

October 28, 2013

By Doug Austin

As emails are sent out to multiple custodians, deduplication (or “deduping”) has become a common practice to eliminate multiple copies of the same email or file from the review collection, saving considerable review costs and ensuring consistency by not having different reviewers apply different responsiveness or privilege determinations to the same file. Everyone who works in electronic discovery knows what “deduping” is. But how many of you know what “reduping” is?

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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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Is a Blended Document Review Rate of $466 Per Hour Excessive? – eDiscovery Case Law

September 23, 2013

By Doug Austin

Remember when we raised the question as to whether it is time to ditch the per hour model for document review? One of the cases we highlighted for perceived overbilling was ruled upon last month. In the case In re Citigroup Inc. Securities Litigation, New York District Judge Sidney H. Stein rejected as unreasonable the plaintiffs’ lead counsel’s proffered blended rate of more than $400 for contract attorneys—more than the blended rate charged for associate attorneys—most of whom were tasked with routine document review work.

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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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Everything You Wanted to Know about Technology Assisted Review – eDiscovery Trends

August 29, 2013

By Doug Austin

Rob Robinson has put together another terrific compilation, this time a compilation of articles about Technology Assisted Review and Predictive Coding over the past 1 1/2 years (from February 2012, last updated on August 12). If you simply can’t get enough of the topic, you’ll want to check it out.

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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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Data May Be Doubling Every Couple of Years, But How Much of it is Original? – eDiscovery Best Practices

July 31, 2013

By Doug Austin

According to the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council (CGOC), information volume in most organizations doubles every 18-24 months. However, just because it doubles doesn’t mean that it’s all original. Like a bad cover band singing Free Bird, the rendition may be unique, but the content is the same. The key is limiting review to unique content.

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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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