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Millnet DocBuster seminar on printing and technology for lawyers TODAY at 5.45pm

I picked this up rather late in the day, but Millnet are presenting a seminar TODAY at 5.45pm at the Law Society. The seminar offers a practical overview on topics including:

•    Why the requirement to print electronic documents is growing
•    Inside electronic documents – the hidden data you are missing
•    Best practice and time saving tips
•    Technology and how it is changing how lawyers work.

The invitation is given below.

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First Advantage opens document review facility at St Paul's, London

I went to the launch party last week of the new document review facility opened by First Advantage Litigation Consulting at its offices overlooking St Paul's Churchyard.

When I say "overlooking" I mean just that – the large room, newly fitted with reviewers' computers, directly overlooks St Paul's Churchyard.

FADV's acquisition, earlier this year, of DLR Legal, has made them a significant player in the managed review market, particularly where foreign languages are concerned. The new premises will give reviewers what must be the finest work environment in the world for this kind of work even if, as I assume, the bar and band which were present at last week's party are not part of the standard staff facilities.

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AccessData Summation partnership with Canada's Commonwealth Legal

eDiscovery software provider AccessData has been working hard to promote the all-new web-based Summation 4.1, a complete rewrite of the old Summation product set.

Canada is apparently the home of a large Summation user base. Leading evidence management company Commonwealth Legal has now entered a partnership with AccessData to bring the new Summation to that user base as well as to reach new users.

There is more information about this below.

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Catalyst offers Equivio Zoom to bring tokenised predictive coding to Japanese market

Catalyst has long been a pioneer in the difficult Japanese eDiscovery market – difficult because Japanese, as with other languages in the region, does not lend itself well to search technologies developed for English and most other languages.

I do not pretend to understand the technical complexity of this, nor do I need to. What is interesting is that Catalyst, a clever developer of language-proficient software itself, has turned to Equivio Zoom as a means of bringing predictive coding technology to the Japanese eDiscovery market. 

The press release is given below.

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Epiq Systems webcast on 27 November - Technology-Assisted Review 102: Beyond the Basics

Epiq Systems are long-time users of Equivio's Relevance predictive coding tool, making it available as part of their IQ Review service to clients long before the more recent debate developed about technology assisted review

In a webcast on 27 November at 2 PM PST Epiq will host a discussion covering:

• How to determine when and where to use TAR
• Best practices for employing TAR methodologies
• Risks involved, and how to avoid them
• Implementing case law in the real world
• How to get buy-in from others around you

The speakers are Eli Nelson of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Ignatius Grande of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. The moderator is Andy Paredes of Epiq.

The registration page is here.

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Philip Favro of Symantec – the erosion of Pension Committee eDiscovery standards

One of the fundamental differences between the courts of England and Wales and those of the US is that we favour reliance on the broad discretion of the court where US lawyers like bright line rules. Nothing illustrates this better than our respective approaches to the duty to preserve documents in anticipation of litigation.

The high watermark of bright line rules in the US is the opinion in Pension Committee with its apparently unambiguous rule that failure to issue a written legal hold constitutes gross negligence. To those of us outside the US who continually battle with the argument "eDiscovery is what Americans do, and look what an expensive mess they make of it", Pension Committee was a plunge back into the dark ages where procedural niceties overrode common sense and extinguished any pretence that justice and proportionality were more important than form and due process.

Philip Favro of Symantec has done a good job of analysing the erosion of the Pension Committee standard, illustrating that is not just non-US observers who found this opinion unsatisfactory.

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Guidance Software webinar on 20 November - Hunt or be Hunted: Exposing Undetected Threats on the Network

Anthony Di Bello, Senior Product Manager at Guidance Software, is the presenter of a webinar called Hunt or be Hunted: Exposing Undetected Threats taking place on 20 November. The registration page is given below.

The subject is graphically illustrated by a neat picture showing the old adage about little fish being eaten by bigger fish. The big fish, in this case, is made up of a host of small ones, an apt metaphor for the aggregate of minor security breaches which add up, when the attackers are ready, to a serious security breach.

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ZyLAB eDiscovery Bundle 3.1 - on video

I do not need to say much about ZyLAB's new eDiscovery Bundle 3.1 because their video does it for me - it is linked to from the press release which is attached to this post.

I read an awful lot of product descriptions in a year, and it is not a criticism of marketing departments that each one seems much the same as the last one. The purpose of the software, and the problems which it is designed to solve, are standard ones, and the range of words available to describe them is limited.

ZyLAB do better than many in producing readable product descriptions which tell you in plain terms what the products are for and what they do - thanks, I suspect, to the input of enterprise technology counsel Mary Mack.

The star of this release, however, is ZyLAB's video which, in under two minutes, gives you an overview of an application which looks as if it has been designed for users rather than techies. It is necessarily only a taste, but I suspect that that taste will cause more people to schedule a demo than any amount of words.

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The LitSavant Conformity Engine for Relativity by Mark Dingle

Amongst the many attractions of kCura's Relativity is the ability to add business rules within Relativity workspaces. Mark Dingle of UK litigation support company LitSavant has produced the LitSavant Conformity Engine which allows complex, logical tests to be applied to data as it is entered.

The full list of benefits and potential applications for the Conformity Engine ican be seen on the attached Relativity web page.

In previous lives of both of us, I used to provide data services to Mark Dingle - he was litigation support manager at a large London firm and I did data manipulation and other hands-on activities to ease the transfer of data between systems and between parties. He was an exacting taskmaster in that capacity which I rather appreciated, not least because of the precision of his instructions.

I imagine that the same precision has gone into devising the LitSavant Conformity Engine. It will be interesting to see what else Mark comes up with. He is one of only three on kCura's list of Independent Consultants, and the only one in the UK.

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Equivio Zoom offered by SFL Data

I came across eDiscovery service provider SFL Data at a conference last year and their name keeps turning up. The latest news to reach me is that they now offer Equivio Zoom to their clients along with other technology assisted review services and products.

Equivio Zoom is an integrated web platform for analytics and predictive coding, combining Equivio's long-standing tools for managing near duplicates and e-mail threads with their well-known predictive coding tool Relevance. These and other analytical tools are bundled in a neat package, one of whose design guidelines was to minimise the number of choices which the user has to make in order to achieve a result.

As Equivio CEO Amir Milo says in the press release attached below, successful use of Zoom requires providers who understand the workflow and processes - one of the points made by US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck in his well-known opinion in Da Silva Moore.

The press release includes a link to the Zoom product page.
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