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Because You Need to Know: Monthly News Round-Up for June 2020

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 June 2020.

Industry News Stories

The news from June was still dominated primarily by stories of the industry’s continuing adaptation to COVID-19, but there were also some noteworthy stories related to data privacy developments:

Notable Cases

New eDiscovery cases discussed in June include:

Useful Publications

New industry publications released in June include:

XDD Materials

In June, XDD published a new, comprehensive eDiscovery Handbook, plus two new blog articles, a new podcast episode, and a new educational webinar:

  • The New, 389-Page XDD eDiscovery Handbook
    • XDD eDiscovery Handbook – XDD Director of Education, Matthew Verga, JD has researched and written a new, comprehensive, 389-page eDiscovery handbook to help practitioners improve their overall eDiscovery acumen. The free handbook is comprised of three units covering eDiscovery Fundamentals, eDiscovery in Depth, and eDiscovery Advanced Topics, providing practitioners of all types with an electronic desk reference they can turn to for guidance about their eDiscovery matters regardless of experience level or project phase.
  • XDD’s First Chair Podcast
    • Episode 10: Shannon Bales on Trial Presentation of ESI, Part 2 – Just as the transition from paper to electronic sources complicated the rest of discovery, so too has it complicated the presentation of evidence at trial. Today’s litigants must juggle multiple file formats, display hardware, specialized presentation software, and more.  In this episode, Shannon Bales, Litigation Support at Munger, Tolles and Olson, discusses trial presentation of ESI.  Part 2 of 2.
  • Educational Webinar
    • In the Beginning: Identification and Preservation Fundamentals – The duty of (identification and) preservation is a foundational concept in our legal system that grows out of the common law concept of “spoliation,” which is more than 200 years old. As we have seen in numerous contexts, however, ESI spoliation remains a frequent issue.  Hence the importance of these phases in an eDiscovery effort: almost every other type of failure can be fixed with adequate time and money, but once unique, relevant ESI is gone, it’s gone.  In this free, one-hour educational webinar, XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga, JD, reviews the fundamentals practitioners need to know about identification and preservation to fulfill their duties of technology competence and preservation, including: triggers for the duty, legal and technological scope, imagination and investigation, the role of legal holds, and common pitfalls.

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About the Author

Matthew Verga

Director of Education

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. A thirteen-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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