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Because You Need to Know: Monthly News Round-Up for August 2019

A monthly round-up of industry news stories, useful publications, and notable cases of which you should be aware from the preceding month


Welcome to “Because You Need to Know,” XDD’s monthly news round-up.  In these posts, we gather together interesting articles, noteworthy cases, new publications, and XDD materials from the preceding month.  This post gathers items of interest from August 2019.

Industry News Stories

Interesting topics in the news from August include a Florida eDiscovery case law database, evolving attitudes towards eDiscovery education, and an update on TAR:

Notable Cases

New eDiscovery cases discussed in August include:

Useful Publications

New industry publications released in August include:

XDD Materials

In August, XDD published three new blog articles, a new podcast episode, a new white paper, and a new educational webinar:

  • XDD’s First Chair Podcast
    • Episode 04: David Sundwall on the Duty of Technology Competence – Each month, XDD’s First Chair podcast invites one or more guest experts to sit down with XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga, JD, for a 20-30 minute conversation about a single, important eDiscovery topic. In our fourth episode, XDD Senior Director of Managed Review Services David Sundwall discusses what practitioners need to know to fulfill their duty of technology competence for eDiscovery.
  • White Paper
    • A Supercomputer in Every Pocket: Mobile Devices in eDiscovery – Today, the average smartphone “has more computing power than all of NASA when it put the first men on the moon in 1969,” and the vast majority of your key players and other custodians have one in their pocket. Mobile devices – especially smartphones – are turning up frequently as relevant sources in litigation.  Unfortunately, smartphones and other mobile devices present a range of unique challenges and complications.  In this free, twenty-eight-page white paper, XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga, JD, reviews several aspects of the mobile device discovery challenge, including: what materials and information they contain, collection options and applicable limitations, management and review of acquired materials, and relevant case law and available guidance.
  • Educational Webinar
    • A Supercomputer in Every Pocket: Mobile Devices in eDiscovery – Today, the average smartphone “has more computing power than all of NASA when it put the first men on the moon in 1969,” and the vast majority of your key players and other custodians have one in their pocket. Mobile devices – especially smartphones – are turning up frequently as relevant sources in litigation.  Unfortunately, smartphones and other mobile devices present a range of unique challenges and complications.  In this free, one-hour educational webinar, XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga, JD, reviews several aspects of the mobile device discovery challenge, including: what materials and information they contain, collection options and applicable limitations, management and review of acquired materials, and relevant case law and available guidance.

As always, we welcome your input regarding future topics for our webinars, articles, and white papers.  Share your interests with us here.


About the Author

Matthew Verga

Director, Education and Content Marketing

Matthew Verga is an electronic discovery expert proficient at leveraging his legal experience as an attorney, his technical knowledge as a practitioner, and his skills as a communicator to make complex eDiscovery topics accessible to diverse audiences. An twelve-year industry veteran, Matthew has worked across every phase of the EDRM and at every level from the project trenches to enterprise program design. He leverages this background to produce engaging educational content to empower practitioners at all levels with knowledge they can use to improve their projects, their careers, and their organizations.

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