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

Industry News Stories

Interesting topics in the news from July include a new XDD acquisition, new EU/UK data privacy developments, and new US data privacy developments:

Notable Cases

New eDiscovery cases discussed in July include:

XDD Materials

In July, XDD published three new blog articles, a new podcast episode, a new practice guide, and a new educational webinar:

  • XDD’s First Chair Podcast
    • Episode 03: Mike Gutierrez on Discovery from Slack – 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 second episode, XDD Director of Forensic Services Mike Gutierrez discusses what practitioners need to know about preservation and collection in Slack and other cloud-based collaboration tools like it.
  • Practice Guide
    • Clearing the Fog of War: ECA Fundamentals – The fog of war is fitting shorthand for the state of uncertainty that exists early in a new legal matter: what are the underlying facts? What evidence might exist?  What are the legal and financial risks?  Early case assessment, fundamentally, is the process of trying to clear some of this fog of uncertainty, but as litigation has evolved in the eDiscovery era, so too has the scope of what’s included in ECA.  In this free twenty-three page Practice Guide, XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga, JD, reviews the fundamentals that legal practitioners need to know about performing effective ECA in the context of eDiscovery.
  • Educational Webinar
    • Clearing the Fog of War: ECA Fundamentals – The fog of war is fitting shorthand for the state of uncertainty that exists early in a new legal matter: what are the underlying facts? What evidence might exist?  What are the legal and financial risks?  Early case assessment, fundamentally, is the process of trying to clear some of this fog of uncertainty, but as litigation has evolved in the eDiscovery era, so too has the scope of what’s included in ECA.  In this free one-hour educational webinar, XDD VP of eDiscovery Operations Bill Anderson and XDD Senior Director of Relativity Analytics Paul Laven, review the fundamentals that legal practitioners need to know about performing effective ECA in the context of eDiscovery.

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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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